Precarious Prescriptions: Contested Histories Of Race And Health In North America by Laurie B. GreenPrecarious Prescriptions: Contested Histories Of Race And Health In North America by Laurie B. Green

Precarious Prescriptions: Contested Histories Of Race And Health In North America

EditorLaurie B. Green, John Mckiernan-gonzález, Martin Summers

Paperback | March 21, 2014

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In Precarious Prescriptions, Laurie B. Green, John Mckiernan-González, and Martin Summers bring together essays that place race, citizenship, and gender at the center of questions about health and disease. Exploring the interplay between disease as a biological phenomenon, illness as a subjective experience, and race as an ideological construct, this volume weaves together a complicated history to show the role that health and medicine have played throughout the past in defining the ideal citizen.

By creating an intricate portrait of the close associations of race, medicine, and public health, Precarious Prescriptions helps us better understand the long and fraught history of health care in America.

Contributors: Jason E. Glenn, U of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; Mark Allan Goldberg, U of Houston; Jean J. Kim; Gretchen Long, Williams College; Verónica Martínez-Matsuda, Cornell U; Lena McQuade-Salzfass, Sonoma State U; Natalia Molina, U of California, San Diego; Susan M. Reverby, Wellesley College; Jennifer Seltz, Western Washington U.

Laurie B. Green is associate professor of history at University of Texas at Austin. John Mckiernan-González is assistant professor of history at Texas State University.  Martin Summers is associate professor of history and African and African diaspora studies at Boston College.
Title:Precarious Prescriptions: Contested Histories Of Race And Health In North AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:March 21, 2014Publisher:University of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents



Laurie Green, John Mckiernan-González, and Martin Summers

1. Curing the Nation with Cacti: Native Healing and State Building before the Texas Revolution

Mark Allan Goldberg

2. “We Were Promised Medicines”: Health and Illness around the Salish Sea, 1853–1878

Jennifer Seltz

3. “I Studied and Practiced Medicine without Molestation”: African American Doctors in the First Years of Freedom

Gretchen Long

4. At the Nation’s Edge: African American Migrants and Smallpox in the Mexican-American Borderlands

John Mckiernan-González

5. Diagnosing the Ailments of Black Citizenship: African American Physicians and the Dilemma of Mental Illness, 1895–1940

Martin Summers

6. “An Indispensable Service”: Midwives and Medical Officials after New Mexico Statehood

Lena McQuade-Salzfass

7. Professionalizing “Local Girls”: Nursing and U.S. Colonial Rule in Hawai’i, 1920–1948

Jean J. Kim

8. Borders, Laborers, and Racialized Medicalization: Mexican Immigration and U.S. Public Health Practices in the Twentieth Century

Natalia Molina

9. “A Transformation for Migrants”: Mexican Farmworkers and Federal Health Reform During the New Deal Era

Verónica Martínez-Matsuda

10. “Hunger in America” and the Power of Television: Poor People, Physicians, and the Mass Media in the War against Poverty

Laurie B. Green

11. Making Crack Babies: Race Discourse and the Biologization of Behavior

Jason E. Glenn

12. Suffering and Resistance, Voice and Agency: Thoughts on History and the “Tuskegee” Syphilis Study

Susan M. Reverby



Editorial Reviews

"Precarious Prescriptions forges vital new terrain in the study of race, medicine, and public health in the U.S. and its borderlands. The book’s carefully crafted essays explore the relationships between medicine, health, and lived experience in such diverse locales and settings as Hawai’i, pre-revolutionary Texas, the Mexican-American borderlands, and the Salish Sea. By so doing Precarious Prescriptions expands our understandings, not just of medicalized ‘race’ and ‘racisms,’ but of medicine itself, in all of its colonizing and liberatory implications. This is vital reading indeed." —Jonathan M. Metzl, author of The Protest Psychosis