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

ISBN-10: 0807848964
ISBN-13: 9780807848968
Edition: 2001
Authors: Keith Wailoo
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Description: 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,  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 3/26/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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.

Acknowledgments
Introduction. Pain and Suffering in Memphis
Conjurors of Health in the New South
Race Pathologies, Apparent and Unseen
Remaking Jim Crow Medicine
The Commodification of Black Health
Sickled Cells, Black Identity, and the Limits of Liberalism
Promising Therapy: Government Medicine on Beale Street
Pain and Policy at the Crossroads of Managed Care
Conclusion: Race against Disease
Notes
Primary Sources
Index

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