Hatch, Anthony Ryan. Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America.

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Hatch, Anthony Ryan. Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America. Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 2016, pp. 184, ISBN: 978-0-81669618-5.

This book analyzes and challenges the ways in which "metabolic syndrome" has become a major biomedical category that medical researchers have created to better understand the risks high blood pressure, blood sugar, body fat, and cholesterol pose to people. An estimated sixty million Americans are well on the way to being diagnosed with it. The author argues that the syndrome represents another, very real crisis and that its advent signals a new form of "colorblind scientific racism"--a repackaging of race within biomedical and genomic research. Examining the...

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