By Shelby Deering, Apr 18, 2022
“The myth that Black people can tolerate pain better than individuals of other ethnicities is just that—a myth—rooted in racism and bias,” says Kecia Gaither, MD. It’s a myth that found its way into a 2016 study suggesting that half of white medical trainees believe that Black people have thicker skin and less sensitive nerve endings, which leads to better pain tolerance. Dr. Gaither believes that this study “clearly articulates the biases and structural racism that exists within the medical arena and is still present in the 21st century.
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