Myrtle Oates M.D.: Let’s Get Real…Reducing Health Disparities

Recently, Reuters Health published that the life expectancy of a black man in prison is equal to that of his white counterpart. “Less than one percent of men died during incarceration, and there was no difference between black and white inmates. But outside prison walls, blacks have a higher rate of death at any given age than whites.” (Reuters Health, 2011) Of course I had to ask why?