There is no denying that health disparities exist between races in America. These inequalities are cataloged in numerous studies, reports, conferences, articles, seminars, and keynote speeches. Medical and social scientific literatures include pieces on income, health insurance, cultural differences between patients and their physicians, language barriers, and biological "racial" differences in the discourse of health disparities.
Today, I am pleased to offer you the opportunity to consider a book proposal for Everybody's from Stockton: Reflections on Race and Medicine in America, a fascinating collection of interdisciplinary personal essays on health disparities edited by Pediatrician, Physician Executive, and author, Richard Garcia, MD. This body of work considers what neither social science nor medicine, alone, can tell us about the unequal health outcomes of various racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. at a time when rising healthcare costs increasingly intersect with historical realities of "race."
Unlike other books written about healthcare inequalities Everybody's from Stockton is not another chronicle of studies cataloging differences based on race. The essays are narrated from practical and personal rhetorical stances examining disparate health between the races. Some of the contributors consider the relationship between their own experiences and the broader issue of race and health disparities, while others consider racewhat it is, and what it is not. Still others write about the personal essay, itself, as a valuable instrument in a dialogue about medicine that is timely as we struggle with national tensions about both healthcare and race. These personal essays penned by physicians and scholars in medicine, social sciences, and the humanities have a different focus and intent when compared with those found in traditional medical and public health publications.
Everybody's from Stockton confronts the medical and popular discourse on race and medicine. The book includes social scientific and literary versions of thought insofar as race in medicine is not a medical issue, but an American one. Up until now a book such as this has never been written. This collection of personal essays asks the audience to evaluate health disparities based on race differently, better than has been suggested over the past few decades in medical and public health books and journals, popular publications, and even ordinary discourse that can be found on the nightly news, academic conferences, and classrooms at every level.
Dr. Garcia is currently at work compiling and editing a second collection of essays that examines would-be solutions to health disparities based on race. This second book will pick up where Everybody's from Stockton leaves off. It is designed to stand on its own, or as a companion to the first book. However before the publication of the second book, Dr. Garcia and his contributors strongly believe it's critical to frame such attempts at solutions in an improved social, historical, financial, and literary context first, which is precisely what they've done with Everybody's from Stockton.