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From Chaos to Coercion: Detention and the Control of Tuberculosis

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7275.1536/a (Published 16 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1536
  1. David Wilkinson, professor of rural health
  1. Adelaide University and University of South Australia, Australia

    Richard J Coker

    St Martin's Press, £19, pp 304 ISBN: 0312222505

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    Our enduring inability to control tuberculosis shames us all. More people die from the disease now than ever before, despite the availability of effective treatment. Poverty, inequity, and ineffective control programmes are our collective fault. The story of tuberculosis control in New York City—abject failure rapidly followed by extraordinary success at a cost of $1bn—has, in the past 10-15 years, developed almost mythical status.


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