Race and Medicine

Race and Medicine

Princeton University
AAS 403 / ANT 403 (EM)
Spring 2013-2014

Carolyn M. Rouse, Professor of Anthropology

In 1998, then-President Clinton set a national goal that by the year 2010 race, ethnic, and gender disparities in six disease categories would be eliminated. While the agenda, called Healthy People 2010, was a noble effort, many of the goals were not met. This course examines what went wrong. For a final project, students will be asked to propose their own solutions for eliminating health disparities.

Sample reading list:

  • Brian Smedley, ed., Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial & Ethnic Disparities
  • Harriet A. Washington, Medical Apartheid:The Dark History of Medical Experimentation
  • Agustin Fuentes, Race, Monogamy and Other Lies They Told Me
  • Troy Duster, Backdoor to Eugenics
  • Jonathan Kahn, Race in a Bottle: Racialized Medicine in a Post-Genomic Age
  • Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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