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The Return of the White Plague: Global Poverty and the New Tuberculosis (Hardback)
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The Return of the White Plague: Global Poverty and the New Tuberculosis (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 08/08/2003
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As fear and paranoia about chemical weapons and bio-terrorism 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 infected with TB bacillus, and the disease is currently killing around two million people each year. Contrary to popular belief, the epidemic is not confined to sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia; reflecting the increasing divide between rich and poor everywhere, outbreaks of the disease have occurred in London and New York, and prevalence 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 contributors may differ in their opinions over specific treatments or policy strategies, all are agreed on the overriding thesis of this book - that the resurgence of disease is one of the most telling indictments of the failure of global political and economic institutions to improve the lives of ordinary people.

Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781859846698
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 690 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 32 mm

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