Under the Skin

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In 'Under the Skin', Linda Villarosa reveals the elements in the American healthcare system and society that cause Black people to 'live sicker and die quicker' compared to their white counterparts. Today's medical texts and instruments still carry slavery-era assumptions that Black bodies are fundamentally different from white bodies. Study after study of medical settings show worse treatment and outcomes for Black patients. Black people live in dirtier, more polluted communities due to environmental racism. And, most powerfully, Villarosa describes how coping with the daily scourge of racism ages Black people prematurely, a phenomenon called weathering. Anchored by human stories and offering incontrovertible proof, 'Under the Skin' is dramatic, tragic, and necessary reading.