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Return of the White Plague

Return of the White Plague - 03 edition

Return of the White Plague - 03 edition

ISBN13: 9781859846698

ISBN10: 1859846696

Return of the White Plague by Matthew Gandy and Alimuddin  Eds. Zumla - ISBN 9781859846698
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Verso Book
Published:
International: No
Return of the White Plague by Matthew Gandy and Alimuddin  Eds. Zumla - ISBN 9781859846698

ISBN13: 9781859846698

ISBN10: 1859846696


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Summary

As fear and paranoia about chemical weapons and bioterrorism are ratcheted up by Western governments, a global health catastrophe threatens to undermine all efforts to eradicate poverty and human suffering. The resurgence of old diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria, along with the spread of new diseases such as HIV, are already having devastating consequences for ever increasing numbers of people worldwide. Tuberculosis, a disease destined as recently as thirty years ago for complete eradication, is now back on the increase: a total of one third of the world's population is intected with the TB bacillus, and the disease is currently killing around two million people each year. Contrary to popular belief, the enidemic is not contined to, sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia: refiecting the increasing divide between rich and poor everywhere, outbreaks of the disease have occurred in London and New York, and prevatence is alarmingly high in eastern Europe and Russia. This book provides an international survey of current thought on the spread and control of tuberculosis, covering historical, social, political, and medical aspects of the crisis. While the contrihutors may differ in their opinions over specific treatments or policy strategies, all are agreed on the overriding thesis of the book -- that the resurgence of disease is one of the most telling indictments of the failure of global political and economic institutions to anprove the lives of ordinary people.