Augustus White on discrimination in health care
Augustus White, MD, was the first African-American to graduate from the Stanford University School of Medicine. A pioneer and role model for underrepresented minorities, he's written a new memoir, Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care. Besides an extensive look at his remarkable life, the book explores how subconscious stereotyping influences doctor-patient interactions, diagnosis, and treatment. In this podcast, White discusses his new book, growing up in the South in the 1940s and eliminating the deeply-rooted biases against minority patients that he believes is prevalent in the American health-care system. He is the Ellen and Melvin Gordon Distinguished Professor of Medical Education at Harvard Medical School.