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

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

by Kenneth F. Kiple, Virginia Himmelsteib King
     
 

ISBN-10: 052152850X

ISBN-13: 9780521528504

Pub. Date: 10/31/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521528504
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. African Beginnings: Introduction to part I; 1. The black man's cradle and the white man's grave; Part II. Immunities: Epidemiology and the Slave Trade: Introduction to part II; 2. Yellow fever in black and white; 3. Bad air in a new world; 4. Tropical killers, race and the peculiar institution; Part III. Susceptibilities: Introduction to part III; 5. 'Negro diseases': an introductory glimpse; 6. Nutrients and nutriments; 7. The children; 8. Aliments and ailments; 9. Selection for infection; 10. Cholera and race; Part IV. Antebellum Medicine: Introduction to part IV; 11. Slave medicine; 12. Physicians versus the slaves; Part V. Sequelae and Legacy: Introduction to part V; 13. Epilogue: cradle to grave; Notes; Bibliographic essay; Index.

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