From Chaos to Coercion: Detention And The Control Of Tuberculosis

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byRichard J. Coker

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In the 1980s and early 1990s, New York City experienced an unprecedented outbreak of tuberculosis. Inadequate healthcare services, an increase in social alienation of the poor, and the emergence of drug-resistant strains led city health officials to respond with draconian policies to ensure compliance, including the use of detention of non-infectious individuals--sometimes for up to two years--that violated individual civil liberties. The New York TB epidemic has since been controlled, but this public health triumph has come at great cost. This gripping narrative of medicine and morality raises ethical issues that are of increasing importance in the world of modern medicine. Richard J. Coker warns the international community against assuming a fortress mentality, advocating a more just balance between health, liberty, and the burdens society should be prepared to accept in the pursuit of both.

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In the 1980s and early 1990s, New York City experienced an unprecedented outbreak of tuberculosis. Inadequate healthcare services, an increase in social alienation of the poor, and the emergence of drug-resistant strains led city health officials to respond with draconian policies to ensure compliance, including the use of detention of...

Richard J. Coker is Consultant Physician at St. Mary's Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Imperial College School of Medicine in London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.64 × 5.66 × 1.02 inPublisher:Palgrave Macmillan

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Table of Contents

Coercion and the Public Health * The Seeds of an Epidemic * When Push Comes to Shove * Canute's Apotheosis * A Real Threat to Public Health * Culture, Morality, and Tuberculosis * Lessons for Europe

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"The book's careful scholarship belies its passion. It is a thoroughly documented and convincingly presented argument that inspires a reassessment of cultural assumptions and reflection on the epidemiological effects of these assumptions. Recommended . . ." -Library Journal

"This book is well researched and cogently argued...." -Choice