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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

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

Shelley Z. Reuter

University of Minnesota Press

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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