Blog | Thursday, October 16, 2008

Texts teach anatomy of white males


It's a man's world...at least on the shelves of medical libraries, according to researchers who reported that, "Images of white men predominate in western anatomy textbooks, which present them as a 'universal model' of the human being."

Researchers looked at 16,329 images from 12 manuals currently recommended by universities in Europe, the U.S. and Canada, so it was no small sample. Nine of the 12 manuals used Caucausian images exclusively to illustrate anatomical concepts. So much for diversity.