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Expanding on her 2018 New York Times magazine piece about high maternal and infant mortality rates among Black American mothers and babies, Linda Villarosa’s latest offering examines the racial disparities built into the U.S. health care system. Looking at numerous studies highlighting how Black patients are treated worse than white ones in medical facilities, and at the history of racism that informs how doctors care for Black patients, Villarosa presents an eye-opening look at the physical, medical, and mental effects of systemic racism. —Mahita Gajanan

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