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Author Shim, Janet K., 1969-

Title Heart-sick : the politics of risk, inequality, and heart disease / Janet K. Shim
Published New York : New York University Press, [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 277 pages)
Series Biopolitics : medicine, technoscience, and health in the 21st century
Biopolitics (New York, N.Y.)
Contents Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The Politics of Disease Causation; 2. Disciplining Difference: A Selective Contemporary History of Cardiovascular Epidemiology; 3. The Contested Meanings and Intersections of Race; 4. An Apparent Consensus on Class; 5. The Dichotomy of Gender; 6. Individualizing "Difference" and the Production of Scientific Credibility; Conclusion; Appendix: Methodology; Notes; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; About the Author
Summary Heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, affects people from all walks of life, yet who lives and who dies from heart disease still depends on race, class, and gender. While scientists and clinicians understand and treat heart disease more effectively than ever before, and industrialized countries have made substantial investments in research and treatment over the past six decades, patterns of inequality persist. In Heart-Sick, Janet K. Shim argues that official accounts of cardiovascular health inequalities are unconvincing and inadequate, and that clincial and public health interventions grounded in these accounts ignore many critical causes of those inequalities. Shim demonstrates that these sites of expert knowledge routinely, yet often invisibly, make claims about how biological and cultural differences matter - claims that differ substantially from the lived experiences of individuals who themselves suffer from health problems. -- from back cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Discrimination in medical care.
Health services accessibility.
Heart -- Diseases -- Political aspects.
Minorities -- Medical care.
Heart Diseases.
Health Services Accessibility.
Health Status Disparities.
Healthcare Disparities.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1479866741 (electronic bk.)
9781479866748 (electronic bk.)