Lecture, Barnard's Inn Hall, Thursday, 1 Jun 2023 - 18:00
Sickle Cell Disease: A Cultural History
Please note this lecture was rescheduled from its original date due to strike action
Sickle Cell Disease can only be understood in the context of racial politics. Predominantly seen in populations of African heritage, the diagnosis and treatment of this disease from the 1920s onwards draws attention to the importance of culture in biogenetic understandings of disease. Medical practices associated with sickle cell disease also shed light on health care disparities and the cultural construction of pain.
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