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- Aug 30, 2006
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The Black American Amputation Epidemic
Black patients were losing limbs at triple the rate of others. The doctor put up billboards in the Mississippi Delta. Amputation Prevention Institute, they read. He could save their limbs, if it wasn’t too late.
Interesting article about amputations and racial disparities
The cardiologist featured in the story is the most interesting. He is described heroically. I like the part about how he hired away hospital staff and convinced the hospitalist to discharge a patient to his OBL for an angiogram, on MLK day no less. Not sure what happened to the rotting toe after the angiogram, maybe he got admitted back to the hospital. Reporter didn't seem to have any problem with that or care about the obvious financial incentives. She did make a note about how there is a financial incentive to amputations and disincentive to work them up before an amputation. Talk about missing the forest for the trees.