PERSONAL BAGGAGE
A Tale of Marriage, Medicine and Murder

Did you find much racial or class prejudice among the staff members with whom you worked?

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I did encounter racial and class, and all kinds of prejudice in the hospitals’ workers, but no more so than there is in the general population. Caregivers want to give care, and come to their jobs with enormous amounts of compassion. I saw nurses who were enduring physical and mental pain work hard, in spite of feeling awful, to meet their patients’ needs. Of course, we did complain to each other when we were in the break room.

In PERSONAL BAGGAGE (p.22) we find that Maureen learned to get along with white folks when she was young, and Dr. Scales endangers the life of a Down’s syndrome patient (p.255) because of his prejudices against mental retardation and against any woman who gives him advice.

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"...circumstances at hand, and you do that on a regular basis. Your mother told me her grandmother had extra flowers that she didn’t want to waste, so she put them on some of the Union graves. She wasn’t trying for a medal. She just didn’t let prejudice stop her from honoring the dead, so she became a heroine.” ..."

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