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Unknowing the Old

“So the Old strode in disguised as the New, but it brought the New with it in its triumphal procession and presented it as the Old.”

With these words, Bertolt Brecht expressed a fundamental dilemma of modern times: only camouflaged as the New does the Old receive attention, whereas the New is present where no one suspects it, where only …

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Hope, Doubt, Paradox

Tuberculosis is a condition of paradoxes, a condition interweaved with stories of neglect, rediscovery, misconceptions (about why tuberculosis takes hold in some populations more than others, for example), and failures. As Christian McMillen beautifully demonstrates in Discovering Tuberculosis, this is not a novel situation. Tuberculosis and its framings, interventions, and responses, it seems, have always been fraught with paradoxes. …

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Global Tuberculosis — Lessons Learned, Lessons Lost

History is often as much about things that have happened as it is about those which — mostly for very clear reasons — do not materialize from a historical situation that would have made them possible. The history of tuberculosis in the twentieth century that Christian McMillen is taking his readers through is an example of the latter. There are …

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Tuberculosis and the Danger of Forgetting Past Failures

No disease has had more influence on the medical social sciences than tuberculosis. René Dubos famously named it a “social disease” and demonstrated its dependence on economic and political conditions. Thomas McKeown used tuberculosis to critique the pretensions of modern medicine, arguing that improvements in socioeconomic status, not medical science, explained the decline of tuberculosis. Yet McKeown’s discussion of decline …

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Erin Koch’s Free Market Tuberculosis

Koch - CoverFree Market Tuberculosis: Managing Epidemics in Post-Soviet Georgia

by Erin Koch

2013, Vanderbilt University Press, 240 pages

 

Erin Koch’s Free Market Tuberculosis: Managing Epidemics in Post-Soviet Georgia (2013) provides an engaging and conceptually stimulating portrayal of the transition, in the late 20th and early 21st century, from Georgia’s Soviet style of tuberculosis (TB) care to globalized and neoliberalized …

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Ian Harper’s Development and Public Health in the Himalaya

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Ian Harper, Professor of Anthropology, Health, and Development at the University of Edinburgh, talks to Alice Street about his book Development and Public Health in the Himalaya: Reflections on Healing in Contemporary Nepal.

 

AS: Ian, maybe you can tell us a little bit about your history as a medical practitioner, and how you came to work in Nepal.

IH: …

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