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Topic - Susan Goold
It's been called one of medicine's "open secrets" _ allowing patients to refuse treatment by a doctor or nurse of another race.
A Michigan hospital has settled a lawsuit that accused it of agreeing to a man's request that no black nurses care for his newborn.
"In general, I don't think honoring prejudicial preferences ... is morally justifiable" for a health care organization, said Dr. Susan Goold, a University of Michigan professor of internal medicine and public health.
Those times could include patients who have been so traumatized _ by rape or combat, for instance _ that accommodating their request would be preferable to forcing on them a caregiver whose mere presence might aggravate the situation, she said.