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Kahn publishes book, Race in a Bottle


Columbia University Press recently published Hamline Law Professor Jonathan Kahn’s new book, Race in a Bottle: The Story of BiDil and Racialized Medicine in a Post-Genomic Age.

In the book, Kahn examines how law, science, and commerce converge in the field of biomedicine to produce distinctive understandings and uses of race as a central organizing concept in the development of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology patents and related medical practice in a post-genomic age.

The book is the product of a three-year research project. The National Library of Medicine awarded Kahn a grant totally $124,000 to research and write the book. The aim of the project was to provide a book-length treatment of the emergence of race as a central organizing concept in the development of pharmaceuticals and related biotechnological innovations in a post-genomic age.

Hamline Law’s Health Law Institute is pleased to host a book signing and reception for Kahn at 4:30 p.m. in the Peterson Lounge on Wednesday, February 20. Following the reception, Kahn will discuss his book in a CLE presentation from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 105.

The free presentation has been approved for 1 standard CLE credit (event code: 175721). To RSVP or register for CLE credit, guests should contact Kari Winter at kwinter03@hamline.edu.

Jonathan Kahn is a professor of law at Hamline University School of Law. He holds a PhD in U.S. history from Cornell University and a JD from the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Budgeting Democracy: State Building and Citizenship in America, 1897–1928.

Learn more:
Professor Jonathan Kahn biography  
Columbia University Press: Race in a Bottle