Infections and Inequalities The Modern Plagues

ISBN-10: 0520229134
ISBN-13: 9780520229136
Edition: 2nd 2001 (Revised)
Authors: Paul Farmer
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List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/23/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 422
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

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 "peculiarly modern inequality" that permeates AIDS, TB, malaria, and typhoid in the modern world, and that feeds emerging (or re-emerging) infectious diseases such as Ebola and cholera, is laid bare in Farmer's harrowing stories of sickness and suffering. Challenging the accepted methodologies of epidemiology and international health, he points out that most current explanatory strategies, from "cost-effectiveness" to patient "noncompliance," inevitably lead to blaming the victims. In reality, larger forces, global as well as local, determine why some people are sick and others are shielded from risk. Yet this moving account is far from a hopeless inventory of insoluble problems. Farmer writes of what can be done in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds, by physicians determined to treat those in need.Infections and Inequalitiesweds meticulous scholarship with a passion for solutions--remedies for the plagues of the poor and the social maladies that have sustained them.

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Vitality of Practice: On Personal Trajectories
Rethinking "Emerging Infectious Diseases"
Invisible Women: Class, Gender, and HIV
The Exotic and the Mundane: Human Immunodeficiency Virus in the Caribbean
Culture, Poverty, and HIV Transmission: The Case of Rural Haiti
Miracles and Misery: An Ethnographic Interlude
Sending Sickness: Sorcery, Politics, and Changing Concepts of AIDS in Rural Haiti
The Consumption of the Poor: Tuberculosis in the Late Twentieth Century
Optimism and Pessimism in Tuberculosis Control: Lessons from Rural Haiti
Immodest Claims of Causality: Social Scientists and the "New" Tuberculosis
The Persistent Plagues: Biological Expressions of Social Inequalities
Notes
References
Index

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