Historical Perspectives of Healthcare Disparities

Is the Past Prologue?
  • Richard Allen Williams


What is the historical background of disparities in healthcare delivery and how did these disparities evolve? The history goes back to slavery, wherein what Byrd and Clayton have termed the slave health deficit originated and was nourished. In this chapter, the concept that slavery gave rise to a racist system of healthcare delivery is explored, and the observation that this system is still operative is documented by several pointed examples.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Allen Williams
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    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLAUSA
  2. 2.The Minority Health Institute, Inc.USA
  3. 3.Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural and Minority MedicineLos Angeles

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