How cancer crossed the color line: race and disease in 20th century America
African American history month lecture
National Library of Medicine (U.S.). History of Medicine Division
[Bethesda, Md.] : National Library of Medicine, 2005
Neoplasms -- epidemiology
Neoplasms -- ethnology
Social Conditions -- history
History, 20th Century
See catalog record: 101242801
Dr. Elizabeth Fee introduces Dr. Keith Wailoo of Rutgers University and his lecture in honor of African American history month. The topic of Dr. Wailoo's talk is African Americans and cancer. He looks at this relationship over three time periods: from 1900 to 1950 when cancer was viewed a primarily a disease found in white people, from 1950 to 1970 when doctors began to view cancer as crossing the color line, and the 1970s when there appeared to be an alarming increase in cancer among African-Americans. Dr. Wailoo raises some interesting issues that affect cancer treatment--changing definitions of race and masculinity, minority culture, and distrust of the health care system. Dr. Wailoo answers questions at the end of the lecture.
Credits: David Nash, Dr. Elizabeth Fee, Dr. Keith Wailoo.
Received: Mar. 4, 2005; transfer; from Stephen Greenberg, reference librarian, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine.