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Does a white doctor understand a black patient's pain?

Does a white doctor understand a black patient's pain?

Does the blood of black people clot more readily than that of white people? Does a black person's skin generally have more collagen--is it thicker--than a white person's? Are black people better at detecting movement than white people, and do they age more slowly?

If you are white and said yes -- or even maybe -- to any of the questions above, you are not alone in falling prey to false beliefs about physiological differences between white and black people. A new study reveals that in a group of 222 white medical students, half judged as possibly, probably or definitely true at least one of...

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