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Race in Contemporary Medicine.

Author: Sander L Gilman
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With the first patent being granted to "BiDil," a combined medication that is deemed to be most effective for a specific "race," African-Americans for a specific form of heart failure, the on-going debate about the effect of the older category of race has been renewed. What role should "race" play in the discussion of genetic alleles and populations today? The new genetics has seemed to make "race" both a category  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Gilman, Sander L.
Race in Contemporary Medicine.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sander L Gilman
ISBN: 9781136764554 1136764550
OCLC Number: 862823365
Notes: Social dominance may create health disparities for socially constructed races.
Description: 1 online resource (403 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Introduction: race and contemporary medicine; 1. Blood and stories: how genomics is rewriting race, medicine and human history; Race and genomic variation; Race and genomic medicine; The public story; The genomic story of human diversity; Human history and the drama of genomic research; Race as proxy; 2. Alcohol and the Jews (again), race and medicine (again): on race and medicine in historical perspective; Alcoholism and 'Jewish' genes; The long story of Jews and alcohol. 3. Reflections on race and the biologization of differenceMaking sense of difference; The overlap of race, ethnicity and culture; Distinguishing social fact from biological fiction; Popularizing the myth of race; Race and grammar; Unlearning race; Genetic signature and the biologization of identity; Letting go of race; 4. Folk taxonomy, prejudice and the human genome: using disease as a Jewish ethnic marker; The 'discovery' of New Mexican crypto-Jews; Constructing legends; Jewish by disease; The pitfalls, and prejudices, of folk taxonomy. 5. Eugenics and the racial genome: politics at the molecular levelThe limits of biology; Sciences of the universal and the local; From external defects to internal flaws; Human hereditary pedigrees; Why do disability communities want a voice at the genome table?; 6. The risky gene: epidemiology and the evolution of race; Risk; Behavioural epidemiology; Epidemics and race; Epidemiology and evolution; Race as metaphor; 7. The molecular reinscription of race: unanticipated issues in biotechnology and forensic science; Navigating with (and around) race. BiDil and the medicalization of the sources of hypertensionIressa, lung cancer and Asians; The interpretive error: controlling for other factors and the biology of race; The segue to forensics, criminal justice and 'molecular race'; Function creep: from Social Security to DNA databanks; Population-wide DNA databases; 8. Biobanks of a 'racial kind': mining for difference in the new genetics; The paradox of race in the new genetics; Biobanks and the re-emergence of the 'kind'; Attempting colour-blindness; Entrenching race in biomedical research; Race-making through biobanking. 9. The rhetoric of race in breast cancer researchThe rhetorical significance of race; The racialized discourse of breast cancer research; Conclusion and implications; 10. Against racial medicine; Racial medicine has risen again; The identification of human races is not based on cogent biology; Human populations are not biological races; Medical research is often conducted on a spurious racial basis; Patient populations are not genetically disjoint; The study of 'nature v. nurture' in patients is complicated by socially constructed race.

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Should one think about 'race' as a transitional category that is of some use while we continue to explore the actual genetic makeup and relationships in populations? Or is such a transitional  Read more...

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