Diabetes A History of Race and Disease Arleen Marcia Tuchman

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
08 Sep 2020
ISBN:
9780300228991
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
288 pages: 235 x 156 x 25mm
Illustrations:
11 b-w illus.
Sales territories:
World

Who gets diabetes and why? An in‑depth examination of diabetes in the context of race, public health, class, and heredity

Who is considered most at risk for diabetes, and why? In this thorough, engaging book, historian Arleen Tuchman examines and critiques how these questions have been answered by both the public and medical communities for over a century in the United States.
 
Beginning in the late nineteenth century, Tuchman describes how at different times Jews, middle‑class whites, American Indians, African Americans, and Hispanic Americans have been labeled most at risk for developing diabetes, and that such claims have reflected and perpetuated troubling assumptions about race, ethnicity, and class. She describes how diabetes underwent a mid-century transformation in the public’s eye from being a disease of wealth and “civilization” to one of poverty and “primitive” populations.  
 
In tracing this cultural history, Tuchman argues that shifting understandings of diabetes reveal just as much about scientific and medical beliefs as they do about the cultural, racial, and economic milieus of their time.

Arleen Marcia Tuchman is professor of history at Vanderbilt University specializing in the cultural history of medicine. She is the author of Science, Medicine, and the State in Germany and Science Has No Sex: The Life of Marie Zakrzewska, M.D.