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Discovering TuberculosisA Global History, 1900 to the Present$
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Christian W. McMillen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300190298

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300190298.001.0001

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The Fall of Race

The Fall of Race

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(p.37) 2. The Fall of Race
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Discovering Tuberculosis
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Christian W. McMillen

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300190298.003.0002

Ideas regarding racial susceptibility to TB began to come under scrutiny in the 1930s. So, too, did virgin soil theory. As more and more came to be known both about the history of TB among various populations and about its present epidemiology and its clinical profile, racial susceptibility and virgin soil had less and less explanatory power.

Keywords:   race, virgin soil, susceptibility, genetics, American Indian, Tanganyika, South Africa

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