Diabetes Among the Pima: Stories of Survival

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University of Arizona Press, Mar 1, 2008 - Medical - 210 pages
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For the past forty years, the Pima Indians living in the Gila River Indian Community have been among the most consistently studied diabetic populations in the world. But despite many medical advances, the epidemic is continuing and prevalence rates are increasing. Diabetes among the Pima is the first in-depth ethnographic volume to delve into the entire spectrum of causes, perspectives, and conditions that underlie the occurrence of diabetes in this community. Drawing on the narratives of pregnant Pima women and nearly ten yearsŐ work in this community, this book reveals the PimasŐ perceptions and understanding of type 2 and gestational diabetes, and their experience as they live in the midst of a health crisis. Arguing that the prenatal period could offer the best hope for curbing this epidemic, Smith-Morris investigates many core values informing the PimasŐ experience of diabetes: motherhood, foodways, ethnic identity, exercise, attitude toward health care, and a willingness to seek care. Smith-Morris contrasts gripping first-person narratives with analyses of several political, economic, and biomedical factors that influence diabetes among the Pimas. She also integrates major theoretical explanations for the disease and illuminates the strengths and weaknesses of intervention strategies and treatment. An important contribution to the ongoing struggle to understand and prevent diabetes, this volume will be of special interest to experts in the fields of epidemiology, genetics, public health, and anthropology.

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This book focuses on gestational diabetes in the Pima. It is also an interesting perspective on applied work. Read full review

Contents

Getting Started
12
Why Prenatal Diabetes?
25
Part II
32
Surveillance Risks and Borderline Diabetes
52
Two Hands Shaking
67
Treatments
84
Diagnostic Controversy
94
Land and Water
105
Disease of Development
133
Collective Identity Loner Disease
143
Pregnancy Stories
153
Appendix A Market Price Comparison
163
Notes
171
Bibliography
179
Index
207
Copyright

Diabetes in America
120

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About the author (2008)

CAROLYN SMITH-MORRIS is an associate professor in the department of anthropology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is the author of "Diabetes among the Pima: Stories of Survival.

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