Precarious Prescriptions: Contested Histories of Race and Health in North America

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Laurie Beth Green, John Raymond Mckiernan-González, Martin Anthony Summers
University of Minnesota Press, 2014 - History - 296 pages


In Precarious Prescriptions, Laurie B. Green, John Mckiernan-González, and Martin Summers bring together essays that place race, citizenship, and gender at the center of questions about health and disease. Exploring the interplay between disease as a biological phenomenon, illness as a subjective experience, and race as an ideological construct, this volume weaves together a complicated history to show the role that health and medicine have played throughout the past in defining the ideal citizen.

By creating an intricate portrait of the close associations of race, medicine, and public health, Precarious Prescriptions helps us better understand the long and fraught history of health care in America.

Contributors: Jason E. Glenn, U of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; Mark Allan Goldberg, U of Houston; Jean J. Kim; Gretchen Long, Williams College; Verónica Martínez-Matsuda, Cornell U; Lena McQuade-Salzfass, Sonoma State U; Natalia Molina, U of California, San Diego; Susan M. Reverby, Wellesley College; Jennifer Seltz, Western Washington U.

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About the author (2014)


Laurie B. Green is associate professor of history at University of Texas at Austin.


John Mckiernan-González is assistant professor of history at Texas State University.

Martin Summers is associate professor of history and African and African diaspora studies at Boston College.


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