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Teach a Man to Fish and You Have Fed Him for a Lifetime

Jennifer J. Davis, MD; William C. Bailey, MD
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Affiliations: Birmingham, AL
 ,  Drs. Davis and Bailey are affiliated with the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center.

Correspondence to: Jennifer J. Davis, MD, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, University of Alabama-Birmingham, 1530 Third Ave South, LHRB 321, Birmingham, AL 35294-0007; e-mail: jrdavis@uab.edu



Chest. 2006;129(2):220-221. doi:10.1378/chest.129.2.220
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Over the last 20 years, the literature has increasingly demonstrated that racial and ethnic disparities in health exist.1 As a result, more African Americans are seeking care at emergency departments (EDs). In 2002, the rate of ED visits for blacks was 380% higher when compared to whites. Similarly, there were 484,000 hospitalizations for asthma in 2002, with a rate for blacks that was 225% higher than that for whites.2

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