How History And Privacy Policies Inform My Decision To Be Wary Of A Routine Doctor’s Visit

I occasionally ask myself why I have been reluctant to schedule the exam but I think I have subconsciously known the answer for quite some time. It seems the past is playing a role in why I’ve been avoiding the doctor.

A few years ago, I learned a term to describe what I might be experiencing while reading the award-winning book, “Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present.” It’s called black iatrophobia and the author, Harriet A. Washington, defines it as the fear of medicine present in the Black community as a result of a long history of involuntary, unethical and non-therapeutic treatment by medical professionals and institutions.


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