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For most of the first half of the twentieth century, tuberculosis ranked among the top three causes of mortality among urban African Americans. Often afflicting an entire family or large segments of a neighborhood, the plague of TB was as mysterious as it was fatal. Samuel Kelton Roberts Jr. examines how individuals and institutions--black and white, public and private--responded to the challenges of tuberculosis in a segregated society. --from publisher description

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Infectious fear
politics, disease, and the health effects of segregation
Samuel Kelton Roberts Jr.

Published 2009 by University of North Carolina Press in Chapel Hill .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Introduction : disease histories and race histories
Toward a historical epidemiology of African American tuberculosis
The rise of the city and the decline of the negro : the historical idea of black tuberculosis and the politics of color and class
Urban underdevelopment, politics, and the landscape of health
Establishing boundaries : politics, science, and stigma in the early antituberculosis movement
Locating African Americans and finding the "lung block"
The web of surveillance and the emerging politics of public health in Baltimore
The road to Henryton and the ends of progressivism
Conclusion : unequal burdens : public health at the intersection of segregation and housing politics.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Studies in social medicine


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
RA644.T7 R585 2009

The Physical Object

xiii, 313 p.

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9780807832592, 9780807859346
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