Systemic

How Racism Is Making Us Sick

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Pub Date 18 Jun 2024 | Archive Date 04 Jun 2024

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Description

In the spirit of Medical Apartheid and Killing the Black Body; A science-based, data-driven, and global exploration of racial disparities in health care access by virologist, immunologist, and science journalist Layal Liverpool.

Layal Liverpool spent years as a teen bouncing from doctor to doctor, each one failing to diagnose her dermatological complaint. Just when she’d grown used to the idea that she had an extremely rare and untreatable skin condition, one dermatologist, after a quick exam, told her that she had a classic (and common) case of eczema and explained that it often appears differently on darker skin. Her experience stuck with her, making her wonder whether other medical conditions might be going undiagnosed in darker-skinned people and whether racism could, in fact, make people sick.

The pandemic taught us that diseases like Covid disproportionately affect people of color. Here, Liverpool goes a step further to show that this disparity exists for all types of illness and that it is caused by racism. In Systemic, Liverpool shares her journey to show how racism, woven into our societies, as well as into the structures of medicine and science, is harmful to our health. Refuting the false belief that there are biological differences between races, Liverpool goes on to show that racism-related stress and trauma can however, lead to biological changes that make people of color more vulnerable to illness, debunking the myth of illness as the great equalizer.

From the problem of racial bias in medicine where the default human subject is white, to the dangerous health consequences of systemic racism, from the physical and psychological effects of daily microaggressions to intergenerational trauma and data gaps, Liverpool reveals the fatal stereotypes that keep people of color undiagnosed, untreated, and unsafe, and tells us what we can do about it.
In the spirit of Medical Apartheid and Killing the Black Body; A science-based, data-driven, and global exploration of racial disparities in health care access by virologist, immunologist, and...

Advance Praise

"Layal Liverpool has produced a work of towering importance that will undoubtedly change science and save lives, but it will also change the way you see yourself and the people around you. Systemic is beautifully written and scholarly but perhaps almost uniquely for such a book it is deeply personal and accessible, packed with compelling stories and fascinating details which are harnessed to make an impassioned argument for a better world." —Chris Van Tulleken, NYT bestselling author of Ultra-Processed People

"Layal Liverpool has produced a work of towering importance that will undoubtedly change science and save lives, but it will also change the way you see yourself and the people around you. Systemic...


Marketing Plan

MARKETING AND PUBLICITY PLANS • Cover reveal on Astra House’s social media channels • Major national and regional media campaign including print, online, radio, TV, and podcasts • Pitch first serial to national general-interest publication as well as by-lined Op Eds in major newspapers in advance of publication, feature stories, and profiles • Extensive book club and library outreach • Target outreach to Black-interest, science, women’s interest, and health reporters and publications, as well as high profile influencers who have been vocal about health inequity • Academic and nonprofit outreach • ARC giveaways

MARKETING AND PUBLICITY PLANS • Cover reveal on Astra House’s social media channels • Major national and regional media campaign including print, online, radio, TV, and podcasts • Pitch first...


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ISBN 9781662601675
PRICE $30.00 (USD)
PAGES 320

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