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Dying in the City of the Blues : Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health (01 Edition)

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This groundbreaking book chronicles the history of sickle cell anemia in the United States, tracing its transformation from an "invisible" malady to a powerful, yet contested, cultural symbol of African American pain and suffering.

Set in Memphis, home of one of the nation's first sickle cell clinics, Dying in the City of the Blues reveals how the recognition, treatment, social understanding, and symbolism of the disease evolved in the twentieth century, shaped by the politics of race, region, health care, and biomedicine. Using medical journals, patients' accounts, black newspapers, blues lyrics, and many other sources, Keith Wailoo follows the disease and its sufferers from the early days of obscurity before sickle cell's "discovery" by Western medicine; through its rise to clinical, scientific, and social prominence in the 1950s; to its politicization in the 1970s and 1980s. Looking forward, he considers the consequences of managed care on the politics of disease in the twenty-first century.

A rich and multilayered narrative, Dying in the City of the Blues offers valuable new insight into the African American experience, the impact of race relations and ideologies on health care, and the politics of science, medicine, and disease.

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This history of the recognition, research, and treatment of sickle cell anemia provides important insight into the African American experience, race relations, and the politics of science, medicine, and disease.

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Acknowledgments

Introduction. Pain and Suffering in Memphis

1. Conjurors of Health in the New South

2. Race Pathologies, Apparent and Unseen

3. Remaking Jim Crow Medicine

4. The Commodification of Black Health

5. Sickled Cells, Black Identity, and the Limits of Liberalism

6. Promising Therapy: Government Medicine on Beale Street

7. Pain and Policy at the Crossroads of Managed Care

Conclusion. Race against Disease

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780807848968
Author:
Wailoo, Keith
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Churchill, Larry R.
Author:
Brandt, Allan M. Brandt
Location:
Chapel Hill, NC
Subject:
History
Subject:
African American Studies - History
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
Sickle cell anemia
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Memphis, Tennessee
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
sickle cell anemia; disease politics; clinical care; disease research funding
Subject:
disease politics
Subject:
clinical care
Subject:
disease research funding
Subject:
Health and Medicine-History of Medicine
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Studies in Social Medicine (Paperback)
Series Volume:
105-28
Publication Date:
January 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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