‘Racism is a global public health crisis’: Author Layal Liverpool says racist ideas still pervade medicine, and that hurts all of us

Racism pervades health care systems across the world, putting patients’ health and lives at risk. In “Systemic: How Racism is Making Us Ill” (Bloomsbury Circus, 2024), science journalist Layal Liverpool shows how people of all socioeconomic statuses experience racism in health care, as exemplified by the widely covered story of Serena Williams’ complications after childbirth, for instance. The book traces the historical legacy of racial inequities in medicine and reveals disturbing trends that still persist in medical education and research. 

Liverpool worked in biomedical research at the University of Oxford and University College London, specializing in the study of viruses and the immune system before becoming a journalist. 

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