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Sick and Tired: On Framing Solutions to Health Disparities between Races
June 27, 2017
Richard Garcia, MD
Non-fiction: Narrative
In his second book, Sick and Tired: On Framing Solutions to Health Disparities between Races, Richard Garcia, M.D., turns his attention to would-be solutions to health disparities based on race. Sick and Tired picks up where his first published book On Race and Medicine: Insider Perspectives (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015), a collection of personal essays penned by scholars, physicians, and medical school deans leaves off, yet it stands alone as a literary approach to framing solutions to America’s eternal struggle with race.

Black soldiers at autopsy during the Civil War had more bullet wounds than White soldiers. These overt and tangible disparities persist right through today—and tomorrow. Certainly, these disparities in health are commensurate with disparities in education, income, law enforcement, housing, etc. Then, it’s no wonder that physicians alone, are not qualified to eliminate these disparities. That is, the chapters in this book will address the context in which solutions directed at health disparities between races can be understood, the Greek Tragedy of race in American history, some novel solutions, and an approach to thought going forward.

Sick and Tired is not a book of recipes that can be deployed like, say, a recipe for oatmeal cookies, that the reader will be able to lift, employ in some desperate neighborhood, and end up with equal health outcomes for Black or Mexican people, and a batch of oatmeal cookies. Rather, as such concrete tactics are considered for Detroit and Bakersfield, Chicago or Stockton, and even the slums of New Orleans and San Francisco, Sick and Tired offers a sensibility and a context with which would-be solutions should be considered. (If practical solutions already existed to eliminate disparities in health outcomes by race (or in education or law enforcement or corporate employment access, to say the least), these would already be in place, and there’d be no need for any books, at all.)

These are inventive personal essays written with regard to dissonant thought in bebop jazz, to creative sentence structure and word juxtaposition, and to a wide breadth of influence from social sciences and humanities far beyond traditional medicine and its clinical formulae.

Sick and Tired is not a standard academic investigation of health disparities. Instead, it is a collection of personal narratives as they intersect with the tragic tradition of inequalities based on race in America. The few books on this topic are ordinarily written by scholars, for scholars. Despite the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, and even the current threat to the Act, noticeable silence remains the current approach toward health disparities between the races. There is no national discussion on health disparities based on race. Sick and Tired will be accessible to a general audience as America continues to struggle with race.
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