From Chaos to Coercion: Detention and the Control of Tuberculosis

From Chaos to Coercion: Detention and the Control of Tuberculosis

by Richard J. Coker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312222505

ISBN-13: 9780312222505

Pub. Date: 09/28/1999

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

In the 1980s and early 1990s, New York City experienced an unprecedented outbreak of tuberculosis. Inadequate healthcare services, an increase in social alienation of the poor, and the emergence of drug-resistant strains led city health officials to respond with draconian policies to ensure compliance, including the use of detention of non-infectious

Overview

In the 1980s and early 1990s, New York City experienced an unprecedented outbreak of tuberculosis. Inadequate healthcare services, an increase in social alienation of the poor, and the emergence of drug-resistant strains led city health officials to respond with draconian policies to ensure compliance, including the use of detention of non-infectious individuals--sometimes for up to two years--that violated individual civil liberties. The New York TB epidemic has since been controlled, but this public health triumph has come at great cost. This gripping narrative of medicine and morality raises ethical issues that are of increasing importance in the world of modern medicine. Richard J. Coker warns the international community against assuming a fortress mentality, advocating a more just balance between health, liberty, and the burdens society should be prepared to accept in the pursuit of both.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312222505
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Coercion and the Public Health
• The Seeds of an Epidemic
• When Push Comes to Shove
• Canute's Apotheosis
• A Real Threat to Public Health
• Culture, Morality, and Tuberculosis
• Lessons for Europe

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