Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
In the Blood is a "postmodern" account of medical and other scholarly research on sickling—a disorder that is characterized by thin, elongated, sickle-shaped red blood cells. People who inherit the sickle cell trait from only one parent have no special problems and may benefit from a partial resistance to malaria. However, when both parents have the trait, there is a 25% chance that their offspring will be afflicted with sickle cell anemia—an often fatal disease that is accompanied by severe pain and myriad serious complications.
Sickle Cell PoliticsIn the Blood: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race. JAMA. 1999;282(24):2369-2370. doi:10.1001/jama.282.24.2369-JBK1222-4-1