Consequences of the Past: Challenging and Relearning the Relationship between Race and Pain
Date of Award
African American Studies
Dr. Grace Livingston
My research explores the history of enslavement and the beginning of medicine as well as the conduction of modern medicine. I am seeking to connect the biological and physiological differences that were assumed about black people during the time of enslavement to justify slavery, to the modern discrepancies in care for black people. Black pain was and still is diminished. Medicalization, desire for differentiation, superiority, inferiority, abuse, exploitation, bias, ignorance, pain, and medical racism are all themes that present themselves in the work. I am also trying to determine whether pre-health students at the University of Puget Sound (UPS) have discussed pain in their classes and whether they are aware of misconceptions of black pain compared to white pain.
University of Puget Sound