Discovering Tuberculosis: A Global History, 1900 to the Present

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Yale University Press
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6.4 X 9.5 X 1.0 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author
Christian W. McMillen is an associate professor of history at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Making Indian Law: The Hualapai Land Case and the Birth of Ethnohistory. He lives in Charlottesville, VA.
"Discovering Tuberculosis provides a deep historical account of why tuberculosis remains a major threat to global health, despite more than seventy years of efforts. Taking readers from Kenya to the 'expert committees' in Geneva, this book shows how economic dogma trumped science in shaping global health policy in the twentieth century."--Salmaan Keshavjee, author of Blind Spot: How Neoliberalism Infiltrated Global Health--Salmaan Keshavjee
"McMillen's impressive global history of TB shows why it is essential that TB workers and policymakers understand the histories of past control efforts and the local settings and political contingencies that shaped them."--Randall Packard, author of White Plague, Black Labor: Tuberculosis and the Political Economy of Health and Disease in South Africa--Randall Packard
"Once seen as a disease of the past, tuberculosis is making a frightening revival. McMillen crosses geographical, temporal, and disciplinary boundaries in this transnational history of global eradication efforts. Discovering Tuberculosis eloquently and disturbingly explains how and why TB remains such a durable scourge today."--Matthew Klingle, Bowdoin College--Matthew Klingle
"Based on an impressive reading of the medical literature and some rich archival collections, this book does much with the history of tuberculosis into the early 2000s, with a focus on global TB policy that will be quite useful for the many people interested and involved today in TB control."--David S. Jones, author of Rationalizing Epidemics: Meanings and Uses of American Indian Mortality since 1600--David S. Jones
"Despite breakthroughs, our attempt to rein in tuberculosis continues to include setbacks, frustration, and failure. McMillen's important study shows why."--Booklist--Booklist
"Readers . . . will learn a great deal from this fascinating look at an old disease that is still very much with us."--Library Journal--Library Journal