Anthropologically, racial groups are defined as "those who share a sense of cultural and historical uniqueness, and to act as a member of an ethnic group is to express feelings or call attention to that uniqueness" ( Mindel and Habenstein 1981). There is a degree of conformity and commonality of those who share this social and cultural heritage. It is expressed in a variety of ways, such as physical appearance, language, kinship organization, speech patterns, food traditions, long-standing rituals, religious belief systems, and in particular, health beliefs and treatment actions.
Thus, Race is a major factor in determining health longevity. Of all the factors that adversely affect the health status, race is one of the major contributors. The roots of the problem can be traced back thousands of years to the very origins of Western life sciences and the health subculture. But racial effects on health outcomes are often ignored and obscured by the very medical and health establishments that purport to aid those afflicted.
Mortality variations racial origin differs from variations in morbidity (disease). Although white have lower death rates and higher life expectancy at every age, they are more likely to seek care for illness. ...Show more