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Kansas City and the case for restitutional medicine

How one U.S. city is looking at using reparations to redress structural racism and boost community health outcomes.
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Josh Neufeld
October 12, 2022
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1 min
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Fall 2022

The illustration on the third page depicting J. Marion Sims and Lucy, an enslaved woman, was modeled after the painting Marion Sims: Gynecologic Surgeon, circa 1952, from Great Moments in Medicine by Robert Thom. This illustration and that of the Tuskegee syphilis experiment originally appeared in “A Tale of Two Pandemics” in The Journalist’s Resource.

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Illustration of Josh Neufeld's face. He wears glasses, has blue eyes and blond hair. Heholds a pencil between his teeth.
Josh Neufeld

Josh Neufeld is a comics journalist based in New York.

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