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Dying in the City of the Blues : Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health

Dying in the City of the Blues : Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health - 01 edition

Dying in the City of the Blues : Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health - 01 edition

ISBN13: 9780807848968

ISBN10: 0807848964

Dying in the City of the Blues : Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health by Keith Wailoo - ISBN 9780807848968
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Chapel Hill
Published: 2001
International: No
Dying in the City of the Blues : Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health by Keith Wailoo - ISBN 9780807848968

ISBN13: 9780807848968

ISBN10: 0807848964

Edition: 01

Summary

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. 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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