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Black Doctor's Viral Thread Highlights Exactly Why We 'Need More Black Men In Medicine'

Via Getty Images, Twitter @Oga_DoctorBlue

We know we need more diversity in the western world, which has largely been whitewashed over the course of the past two thousand years.


Twitter user @Oga_DoctorBlue shared an anecdote about a recent patient who had come in with severe weakness in his legs:



Quickly, he realized he was the only person of color in the room:



And he was glad that he asked:




A simple chance to connect with the patient is really all it took to get him to understand exactly what was going on in his brain.


And the internet agrees: it matters.




According to The New York Times, black men have the lowest life expectancy of any ethnic sub-group in the United States as a whole. If this small anecdote shows us anything, it's that the key to keeping black men healthy might be having more black men in the medical field. It could just save lives.

H/T: Indy100, Twitter