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Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health

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This groundbreaking book chronicles the history of sickle cell anemia in the United States, tracing its transformation from an "invisible" malady to a powerful, yet contested, cultural symbol of African American pain and suffering.

Set in Memphis, home of one of the nation's first sickle cell clinics, Dying in the City of the Blues reveals how the recognition, treatment, so
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Paperback, 360 pages
Published March 26th 2001 by University of North Carolina Press
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Katherine
Sep 02, 2013 Katherine rated it it was amazing
A fascinating read. I read this book because I had worked in malaria research and was familiar with sickle cell anemia as the downside of sickle cell trait, another one of those evolutionary adaptations that can also cause great suffering. I had very little understanding of the social context aside from the fact that many patients struggled to have their pain adequately treated because many sickle cell patients also fit the stereotype for someone who is drug seeking.

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Ashley
Wailoo's "Dying in the City of Blues" presents an excellent overview of how sickle cell anemia emerged as a disease in need of political, social, and medical resources. The book focuses tightly on Memphis, TN as a site of medical developments (at St. Jude's Children's Hospital and the University of TN hospital) and unique social shifts in the mid-20th century. Although Wailoo values the role of patient voices in the clinical or political encounter, "Dying in the City of Blues" includes very few ...more
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Cool approach to covering the emergence of an understanding of sickle cell anemia--Wailoo tied it to the history of the city of Memphis, particularly with respect to race relations. It ended up being a useful book about both subjects.
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