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    Part three: Hospitals

    Color line persists, in sickness as in health

    Shirley Coffey felt she was kept waiting longer than white patients in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital emergency room decades ago. The hospital said it’s confident patients are treated equally today.
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    Shirley Coffey felt she was kept waiting longer than white patients in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital emergency room decades ago. The hospital said it’s confident patients are treated equally today.