Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues / Edition 1

Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues / Edition 1

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by Paul Farmer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520229134

ISBN-13: 9780520229136

Pub. Date: 02/23/2001

Publisher: University of California Press

Paul Farmer has battled AIDS in rural Haiti and deadly strains of drug-resistant tuberculosis in the slums of Peru. A physician-anthropologist with more than fifteen years in the field, Farmer writes from the front lines of the war against these modern plagues and shows why, even more than those of history, they target the poor. This moving account is far from a…  See more details below

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Paul Farmer has battled AIDS in rural Haiti and deadly strains of drug-resistant tuberculosis in the slums of Peru. A physician-anthropologist with more than fifteen years in the field, Farmer writes from the front lines of the war against these modern plagues and shows why, even more than those of history, they target the poor. This moving account is far from a hopeless inventory of insoluble problems. Farmer tells us what can be done in the face of seemingly over-whelming odds, by physicians determined to treat those in need.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520229136
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/23/2001
Edition description:
First Edition, Updated with a new preface
Pages:
419
Sales rank:
160,235
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1The Vitality of Practice: On Personal Trajectories18
2Rethinking "Emerging Infectious Diseases"37
3Invisible Women: Class, Gender, and HIV59
4The Exotic and the Mundane: Human Immunodeficiency Virus in the Caribbean94
5Culture, Poverty, and HIV Transmission: The Case of Rural Haiti127
Miracles and Misery: An Ethnographic Interlude150
6Sending Sickness: Sorcery, Politics, and Changing Concepts of AIDS in Rural Haiti158
7The Consumption of the Poor: Tuberculosis in the Late Twentieth Century184
8Optimism and Pessimism in Tuberculosis Control: Lessons from Rural Haiti211
9Immodest Claims of Causality: Social Scientists and the "New" Tuberculosis228
10The Persistent Plagues: Biological Expressions of Social Inequalities262
Notes283
References319
Index369

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Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Like all of Paul Farmer's books he speaks with the authority of one who lives what he preaches. His experience as an anthropologist and clinician enable him to give a unique perspective on the position of the poor in the world. Infections and Inequalities makes you want to put down the book and get to work helping the forgotten. Great book, as always, from Farmer.
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