By William Darity Sr., Noma L. Roberson, Wornie L. Reed
Reed and his colleagues consider the health status of African-Americans and the medical care available to them. In their study, they clearly link the economic condition of black Americans to the care they receive. Indeed, the disadvantaged position in which most African-Americans are locked correlates to their level of illness and medical care deprivation. Drawing attention to the high percentage of adverse birth outcomes, increasing cancer rates, homicide trends and the special problem of Sickle Cell Anemia, the authors call for social and economic policy changes that will result in an adequate level of care. This important research brings new attention to not only the often noted issues of AIDS and substance abuse but to the "invisible epidemic," lead poisoning. The book is a call to national conscience.