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Author Tuchman, Arleen, 1956- author.

Title Diabetes : a history of race and disease / Arleen Marcia Tuchman
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2020]


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 266 pages) : illustrations, maps (black and white)
Contents Judenkrankeit a Jewish malady -- Whiteness, self-restraint, and citizenship -- Misunderstanding the African American experience -- Native peoples and the thrifty gene hypothesis -- A nationwide hunt for hidden disease -- Epilogue: Diabetes and race since 1985
Summary Who is considered most at risk for diabetes, and why? In this thorough, engaging book, historian Arleen Tuchman examines and critiques how these questions have been answered by both the public and medical communities for over a century in the United States. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, Tuchman describes how at different times Jews, middle-class whites, American Indians, African Americans, and Hispanic Americans have been labeled most at risk for developing diabetes, and that such claims have reflected and perpetuated troubling assumptions about race, ethnicity, and class. She describes how diabetes underwent a mid-century transformation in the public's eye from being a disease of wealth and "civilization" to one of poverty and "primitive" populations. In tracing this cultural history, Tuchman argues that shifting understandings of diabetes reveal just as much about scientific and medical beliefs as they do about the cultural, racial, and economic milieus of their time
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
Print version record; online resource viewed January 13, 2021
Print version record
Subject Diabetes -- United States -- History
Diabetes -- United States -- Genetic aspects
Diabetes -- Social aspects -- United States
Diabetes Mellitus -- history
Diabetes Mellitus -- genetics
Race Factors
MEDICAL -- History.
Diabetes -- Genetic aspects
Diabetes -- Social aspects
SUBJECT United States
Subject United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300256302