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“For every era, there are characteristic diseases that attract public attention, and in every disease there are particular features that gain cultural currency and achieve high levels of popular visibility because they embody social concerns, cultural anxieties, and political realities….”

Wailoo, Keith. DYING IN THE CITY OF BLUES: SICKLE CELL ANEMIA AND THE POLITICS OF RACE AND HEALTH. Chapel Hill and London: The University of North Carolina Press, 2001. Print. 163.