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Fevered Lives: Tuberculosis in American Culture since 1870

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 20 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1412
  1. Richard J Coker, honorary senior lecturer
  1. Imperial College School of Medicine at St Mary's Hospital, London

    Katherine Ott

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    Harvard University Press, £10.50, pp 296

    ISBN 0 674 29911 6

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    In 1992 the New York Post ran the headline: “TB timebomb. Homeless contaminate public areas in city.” This headline encapsulated much of the city's anxiety about the resurgence of the public health threat that is tuberculosis and the cultural forces that influenced the response. The recent epidemic in New York resulted in a reassessment of the role of public health officials, greater awareness of clinicians to drug resistant strains and nosocomial spread within homeless shelters, prisons, and hospitals, and an increased public awareness of an ancient disease that many thought had been eradicated in the West. In the late 20th century, American society, and in particular New York society, re-evaluated its relationship with tuberculosis. And many of its responses …

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