The Return of the White Plague (inbunden)
Format
Inbunden (Hardback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
320
Utgivningsdatum
2003-08-01
Upplaga
illustrated ed
Förlag
Verso Books
Illustrationer
Illustrations, maps
Dimensioner
245 x 164 x 31 mm
Vikt
680 g
Antal komponenter
1
Komponenter
vi, 330 p. :
ISBN
9781859846698
The Return of the White Plague (inbunden)

The Return of the White Plague

Global Poverty and the New Tuberculosis

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As fear and paranoia about chemical weapons and bio-terrorism are ratcheted up by Western governments, a global health catastrophe threatens to undermine all efforts to eradicate poverty and human suffering. The resurgence of old diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria, along with the spread of new diseases such as HIV, are already having devastating consequences for ever increasing numbers of people worldwide. Tuberculosis, a disease destined as recently as thirty years ago for complete eradication, is now back on the increase: a total of one third of the world's population is infected with TB bacillus, and the disease is currently killing around two million people each year. Contrary to popular belief, the epidemic is not confined to sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia; reflecting the increasing divide between rich and poor everywhere, outbreaks of the disease have occurred in London and New York, and prevalence is alarmingly high in Eastern Europe and Russia. This book provides an international survey of current thought on the spread and control of tuberculosis, covering historical, social, political, and medical aspects of the crisis. While the contributors may differ in their opinions over specific treatments or policy strategies, all are agreed on the overriding thesis of this book - that the resurgence of disease is one of the most telling indictments of the failure of global political and economic institutions to improve the lives of ordinary people.
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"Resurgent TB is one of the nightmare faces of world poverty, a scourge whose principal vector is economic neoliberalism. But, as this brilliant and profoundly disturbing study makes clear, it will inevitably become a death sentence for the rich as well as the poor." - Mike Davis "...A very impressive collection that provides cross-national perspectives on the causes and consequences of the re-emergence of tuberculosis as a major public health problem ... Essential reading for students, academics, medical personnel and health policy makers interested in the problem of TB and other modern plagues." - Michael Worboys, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and medicine, University of Manchester.

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Matthew Gandy teaches geography at University College London and has published widely on urban and environmental issues. Alimuddin Zumla is the Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health at the Royal Free and University College Medical School.