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Larry Krotz: Diagnosing the Legacy

Diagnosing the Legacy, by Larry Krotz, is not just about the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in Indigenous youth but also about colonialism, history, the future of healthcare, and how personal narratives are part of a bigger picture. In this list, Krotz recommends further reading on these topics.

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Diagnosing the Legacy began as a medical history documenting the work of pediatric endocrinologists in Manitoba responding over a period of 30 years to a mystifying new condition in Indigenous children originally from remote northern First Nations.  

However, by the time research and writing was finished, the book had turned into something much more. It turned out to be impossible to tell the historic or medical story without encountering and taking into account explosive side issues, including how the diabetes crisis necessitated (and continues to necessitate) exploration of new ways to deliver health care; the importance of providing documentation of family and community struggles; and an exploration of how poverty and colonialism affect health.

These all encompass a field where much more study will ensue—and will be built on the work of many other scholars an …

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