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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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“Plainer Than Words Can Describe”

“Plainer Than Words Can Describe”

Medical Portraiture and the Visualization of a Jewish Disease

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(p.89) Chapter Three “Plainer Than Words Can Describe”
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Testing Fate
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Shelley Z. Reuter

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816699957.003.0004

The third chapter looks at the medical portraiture, microscopy, and pedigrees contained within doctors’ medical reports of the disease and how they worked to help constitute Tay-Sachs as a bona fide disease concept, while also framing — imagining — the immigrant Jew as the racialized and pathological Other.

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

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