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Infections and inequalities : the modern plagues

Author: Paul Farmer
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st paperback print., 2001View all editions and formats
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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. What is it like to be a doctor to the poor, observing with an anthropologist's eye the  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Farmer
ISBN: 0520215443 9780520215443 0520229134 9780520229136
OCLC Number: 39123735
Description: xiv, 375 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Paul Farmer.
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Lays bare harrowing stories of sickness and suffering. This book challenges the accepted methodologies of epidemiology and international health. It points out that explanatory strategies, from  Read more...

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"[Farmer's] message is urgent and relevant for saving millions of lives."--"Christian Century

 
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