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Letter: Dr. Robert Piat
There is no 'pure race'

Friday, March 29, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. (Noel) Boaz (March 1 article) and Pamela Hairston-Chisholm (March 19 letter) for alluding, in my opinion, to what every medical student who ever studied “genetics” has known for decades: There is no such thing as a pure race — not even in the deepest darkest Africa proven by numerous DNA studies. This was, in my opinion, essentially demonstrated by the primate studies discussed in our museum last month by Boaz and further alluded to by Hairston-Chisholm in biblical passages.

And now right here in Martinsville, Boaz is spearheading an effort to bring these well-documented facts into the 21st century, which I believe is, in effect, educating and encouraging more black and other poor kids and other minorities here and from all over the world to study modern patient-focused family medicine. Let’s all lend a hand.

You know, at times when I reflect, it seems like only yesterday — actually 1963 — when I graduated from The University of Maryland Medical School and there were three or four girls in our class and two black students, one of whom was Dr. (Walter) Shervington who went on to distinguish himself in our country’s public health system.

The time is long overdue to get more black kids interested in the computerized and robotic age of health care in America. It’s a fascinating and exciting field. Many practicing doctors have become discouraged with America’s health care system and feel that all the emphasis has been place on insurance and making a profit with little or no concern for the patients, doctors and nurses.

I agree totally. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity right here in one of the most beautiful spots on earth to reverse that trend.

Dr. Robert Piat



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