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The Deadliest Disease in America

(PG) 60 min
  • DIRECTOR: Crystal R. Emery
  • STARRING: Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, Senior Advisor to the White House COVID-19 Response Team; Dr. Bert Petersen, MD, Director of Division of Breast Surgery at SBH Health System; Dr. Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, epidemiologist, Past President of American Public Health Association; Dr. Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, Surgeon General of the United States; Dr. Harlan Krumholz, MD, SM, Director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE).

SHOWTIMES 09/10/2021 (change date):


The Deadliest Disease in America, a documentary film produced and directed by Crystal R. Emery, p.g.a., traces the history of racism in American healthcare, beginning with the brutal medical experimentation that enslaved people were forced to undergo. As this story unfolds over our nation’s history, the very same inequalities and biases continue to plague our healthcare system, creating disparities in the quality of care that Black, Brown, and Indigenous people receive. Interwoven with these expert testimonies are the personal stories of patients who have been victimized by healthcare inequities, including the filmmaker’s own experiences as a quadriplegic African American woman.


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