This highly controversial study examines the history of black disease and medical practice, interweaving the nutritional, biological and medical sciences with the disciplines of demography and African, Caribbean and U.S. history. Traces black diseases and immunities from their origins in West Africa to the West Indies and the southern U.S. Establishes a link between the differences in black and white diseases and American racism.
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.