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Testing FateTay-Sachs Disease and the Right to Be Responsible$
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Shelley Z. Reuter

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816699957

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816699957.001.0001

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Diagnosing the Genuine “Jewish Type”

Diagnosing the Genuine “Jewish Type”

Medical Racialism and Anti-Immigration Legislation in the United States

(p.27) Chapter One Diagnosing the Genuine “Jewish Type”
Testing Fate

Shelley Z. Reuter

University of Minnesota Press

The first chapter looks at the initial construction of Tay-Sachs as a Jewish disease in the context of anti-immigrationism in the early decades of the 1900s to demonstrate how medical racialism both contributed to the passing of restrictive immigration legislation in the US and helped lay the groundwork for genetic responsibilization later on.

Keywords:   Tay-Sachs Disease, Medical Racialism, Racialization, Ethics, Genetics, Immigration, Medical Malpractice, Jewish studies, US

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