Infections And Inequalities: The Modern Plagues by Paul FarmerInfections And Inequalities: The Modern Plagues by Paul Farmer

Infections And Inequalities: The Modern Plagues

byPaul Farmer

Paperback | February 23, 2001

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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. 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#151;remedies for the plagues of the poor and the social maladies that have sustained them.
Paul Farmerdirects the Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change at the Harvard Medical School and divides his clinical time between Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Clinique Bon Sauveur in central Haiti. He is the author ofAIDS and Accusation(California, 1992), which was awarded the Wellcome Medal, andThe Uses of Ha...
Title:Infections And Inequalities: The Modern PlaguesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.03 inPublished:February 23, 2001Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520229134

ISBN - 13:9780520229136

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