Genetics and Global Public Health: Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia.
Sickle cell and thalassaemia are among the world’s most common genetic conditions. They are especially common in Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia. They affect all ethnic groups but they particularly impact on minority ethnic groups in North America, Europe and Australasia. Much research has focused on clinical, laboratory and genetic studies of these conditions. Through a wide-ranging selection of readings based on social scientific research into sickle cell and thalassaemia, this book seeks to redress this imbalance. This is important as, through an examination of the different social, economic and cultural contexts of the lives of people living with sickle cell or thalassaemia, the contributors demonstrate that people are more than the sum of their genes and that their life experiences are rarely derived solely from the clinical severity of their condition but depend on the social context of their lives.
This book is based on papers presented at the First Worldwide Initiaitve on the Social Study of Haemoglobinopathies (WISSH) Conference, held at De Montfort University, UK in April 2010 to mark the 100th anniversary of the first scientific publication on sickle cell by James Herrick in 1910,
Citation : Dyson, S.M. and Atkin, K. (2012) [eds] Genetics and Global Public Health: Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia. London: Routledge
ISBN : 9780415698139
Research Group : Unit for the Social Study of Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell
Research Institute : Institute for Allied Health Sciences Research
Peer Reviewed : Yes