Stephen H. Caldwell, MD; Rebecca Popenoe, MA
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Caldwell SH, Popenoe R. Skin Color and Ethnicity. Ann Intern Med. 1995;123:637. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-123-8-199510150-00026
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1995;123(8):637.
We appreciate Dr. Doroghazi's comments. We feel, however, that he has misunderstood our basic point. Our intent was to shed some light on a subject in medical history taking and case presentation about which little has been written.
He describes our position as advocating dropping race from case presentations. In fact, we have tried to show that skin color is a poor indicator of a person's ethnic background. What is commonly perceived as race, often on the basis of skin color, has little scientific meaning. Ethnicity, because it includes both a person's genetic constitution (and probably something about their belief systems), is a better indicator of the diseases to which they may be inherently prone and the ways in which they may react to both illness and treatment.
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