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    The debate on race is captured by the title in this reply. What it means is
    contextual. Unfortunately, too much water is under the bridge that has
    politicized the term. The original comment was in error by extending the
    meaning "in biomechanics".

    As George Davey related, there are relevant ergonomic issues that arise from
    genetics that define stature. In addition, the older anatomical literature
    also suggests that there may be differences in the musculoligamentous
    connections in the low back, for example, that differ. The supraspinous
    ligament is reported as absent in one population. If so, is there an effect
    on load sharing in lumbar structures? Would these people be more or less
    protected from activity restrictions from back pain? These are intersting and
    potentially illuminating questions fo epidemiological and biomechanical
    relevance in health science.

    Their importance is no less than the understanding of increased susceptibility
    of specific populations to diseases like sickle-cell anemia. Another example
    is cultural differences in expression of pain that has been reported in
    medical anthropology. We must study them to understand how to treat them
    effectively and improve the quality of life for this population in specific
    and all in general.


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