Another Dimension to the Black Diaspora: Diet, Disease and Racism
Cambridge University Press, Oct 30, 2003 - History - 316 pages
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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Introduction to Part I
The black mans cradle and the white mans grave
Immunities epidemiology and the slave trade
Introduction to Part II
Yellow fever in black and white
Bad air in a new world
Tropical killers race and the peculiar institution
Selection for infection
Cholera and race
Introduction to Part IV
Physicians versus the slaves
Sequelae and Legacy
Introduction to Part V
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