Publisher apologises for ‘racist’ text in medical book

The publishers of a textbook for nurses that has been criticised by social media users for containing racist material, have apologised for the offence caused and removed the offending passages.

Nursing: A Concept-Based Approach to Learning, contains advice for nurses when administering pain relief to people from different ethnic backgrounds.

It begins: “A client’s culture influences their response to, and beliefs about pain. Some cultural common differences related to pain are listed here.”

When I go to my dentists I always remind her to set the freezing dosage level at “Big Suck”.

  • Hard Little Machine

    What about the white devils?

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      We take it like the stoic, and heroic, men that we are!
      Jews on the other hand… “cries out in pain as he strikes you.”

      • DaninVan

        Well, yeh, they got the whinging part right. 😉
        (I freely admit it…and no f’ing way am I going without freezing!)

    • Tooth&Claw

      If you’re a ginger, you require more anesthesia and pain medication. Genetic quirk.

    • felis gracilis

      Back in my days as a youthful white demon, I remember being taught that it was not enough to endure the pain. One had to embrace the pain and become one with it in order to overcome it. Is that mentioned anywhere in the racist pain management guide?

  • simus1

    Seems a bit too generalized race wise. Adding (idiots) in brackets immediately following the given category would hint who are the ones to watch out for. It goes without saying that It would also be cautionary to tape the entire event if patient will be drowsy or unconscious at any time to forestall later accusations of rape, rape by devils, witchcraft, being forced to eat haram laser beams, etc.

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      All kidding aside, there are legitimate differences in how different cultures react to pain, and express it.
      I think even acknowledging that is going to get the SJWs worked into a lather, so why bother?

      • simus1

        Dentists in my prime seemed to work on the premise that freezing was designed to kick in and help kill the pain sometime AFTER the tooth had come out.

        • Drunk by Noon ✓

          When you say “freezing” what do you mean?
          There might be a slight difference in dentistry practices going on here between Canada and the U.S..
          Do you mean Xylocain or Novocain injections, or do you mean something else?

          • DaninVan

            When I said “freezing” yes, I meant the injectable stuff.
            Wouldn’t want to miss out on the fun of trying to eat soup with a numb mouth.

          • Watchman

            Phew! I thought for a moment it might have been a traditional Inuit dentist you were seeing, “Here, bit down this ice cube for a while. It’ll hurt for a while but eventually your tooth will be numb. Either that or the pain from the cold will be so great you’ll be begging me to start the dental work without any more ice treatment.”

          • andycanuck

            But you did end up being invited to the head table at a fundraiser with Mel Torme after, right, Dan?

          • DaninVan

            Never been invited to a head table, fundraisers especially. My reputation precedes me… 😉
            (Pretty sure they’d ask me to leave quietly if I showed up.)

          • Clink9

            My bottom libbid:


        • Justin St.Denis

          Betcha they were also men. I haven’t seen a male dentist in years, nor have I ever experienced any pain in the care of a female dentist or periodontist. Women have found a professional medical niche in which they really, genuinely excel.

          • Clink9

            My Indian beauty has the tiniest hands. With the obligatory pink gloves.

          • Alain

            Our family dentist is a man and so is the new younger one who joined the practice.

    • Alain

      I have to disagree in that the little I could read was pretty accurate. Also it clearly stated that they “may” behave in such and such a way. I saw absolutely nothing racist, offensive or inaccurate especially having made it clear that all would not necessarily act that way.

      • The Deplorable Rosenmops

        Now you’re being rational. Can’t have that.

      • k1962

        I don’t know about that. I had 3 kids without an epidural. One demerol shot with #1, nothing with #2 and just some gas near the end with #3, not vocal and not demanding. Idk, maybe I’m an anomaly.

  • marty_p

    I could have summed up the Jewish section with one word “Kvetches”

    • DaninVan

      Heh…pretty much.

  • passerby1969

    There is a huge difference in cultural approaches towards pain. Jews and Muslims will WILLINGLY give up their sons and sometimes their daughters for slicing genitals because of religion. Italians will pierce the ears of babies when it is totally unnecessary. What about those Muslims who cut their backs for Ashura?

  • Reader

    This book is published by Pearson Education which mostly publishes books for public schools, so you have to wonder what is in all those books too.

    The book was written by Michelle Byrne, PhD, RN, CNE, CNOR a professor of nursing at University of West Georgia.