Another Dimension to the Black Diaspora: Diet, Disease and Racism

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 30, 2003 - History - 316 pages
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This is an engrossing study of black disease immunities and susceptibilities and their impact on both slavery and racism. Its pages interweave the nutritional, biological, and medical sciences with demography. The book begins with an examination of the pre-slavery era in Africa and then pursues its subject into the slave societies of the West Indies and the United States. This truly interdisciplinary approach permits the blending of two distinctive concepts of racial differences, that of the hard sciences based on gene frequencies and that of the social sciences stressing environmental factors. The authors investigate black health and white medical practice in the United States during the antebellum period, and establish a link between black-related diseases and white racism. A final section traces major black disease susceptibilities from the Civil War to the present, arguing that the different nutritional and medical needs of blacks are still largely unappreciated or ignored.
 

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Contents

Introduction to Part I
3
The black mans cradle and the white mans grave
4
Immunities epidemiology and the slave trade
25
Introduction to Part II
27
Yellow fever in black and white
29
Bad air in a new world
50
Tropical killers race and the peculiar institution
58
Susceptibilities
69
Selection for infection
134
Cholera and race
147
Antebellum medicine
159
Introduction to Part IV
161
Slave medicine
163
Physicians versus the slaves
175
Sequelae and Legacy
185
Introduction to Part V
187

Introduction to Part III
71
Negro diseases an introductory glimpse
74
Nutrients and nutriments
79
The children
96
Aliments and ailments
117
Epilogue Cradle to grave
191
Notes
208
Bibliographic essay
278
Index
287
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