My medical school lesson was tinged with racism. Did that affect how I treated a sickle cell patient years later?

We need to be sure medical students learn about every disease without judging the people living with it. That didn't happen in my lesson on sickle cell.

The young woman was curled up in a ball. She was sweating and shivering from pain. As she answered my questions — all my many, many questions — tears fell silently from her eyes.

I was a third-year medical student, and the resident I was working with had asked me to evaluate this woman. She had been here several times before. She was in the middle of a sickle cell crisis.

I remembered this young woman while reading about how too many patients with sickle cell face exhausting, infuriating — and life-threatening — delays in getting care when they arrive in emergency rooms in excruciating pain from

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