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[Perspectives] Sickle cell anaemia

Intersectional scholarship is all the rage, and if one wished to write an intersectional history of modern medicine there are few better case studies than sickle cell anaemia (SCA). The story of SCA is the story of an encounter between two harbingers of modernity: a potent molecular frame for disease, rooted in laboratory science, and a set of anxieties and prejudices about race and human difference.