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Author Koch, Erin

Title Free market tuberculosis : managing epidemics in post-Soviet Georgia / Erin Koch
Published Nashville, Tenn. : Vanderbilt University Press, ©2013
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 231 pages) : illustrations
Contents The hand of Medea : Georgian medicine in historical consciousness -- Medicines on the market -- Rendering tuberculosis : managing microbes and everyday laboratory work -- Free market tuberculosis incarcerated
Summary "The Soviet health care infrastructure and its tuberculosis-control system were anchored in biomedicine, but the dire resurgence of tuberculosis at the end of the twentieth century changed how experts in post-Soviet nations--and globally--would treat the disease. As Free Market Tuberculosis dramatically demonstrates, market reforms and standardized treatment programs have both influenced and undermined the management of tuberculosis care in the now-independent country of Georgia. The alarming rate of tuberculosis infection in this nation at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Asia cannot be disputed, and yet solutions to attacking the disease are very much debated. Anthropologist Erin Koch explores the intersection of the nation's extensive medical history, the effects of Soviet control, and the highly standardized yet poorly regulated treatments promoted by the World Health Organization. Although statistics and reports tell one story--a tale of success in Georgia--Koch's ethnographic approach reveals all facets of this cautionary tale of a monolithic approach to medicine. This book is the 2011 recipient of the annual Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Prize for the best project in the area of medicine"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Tuberculosis -- ethnology -- Georgia (Republic)
Tuberculosis -- prevention & control -- Georgia (Republic)
Anthropology, Cultural -- Georgia (Republic)
Communicable Disease Control -- methods -- Georgia (Republic)
Directly Observed Therapy -- methods -- Georgia (Republic)
Politics -- Georgia (Republic)
Political science -- Georgia (Republic)
Tuberculosis -- Treatment -- Georgia (Republic)
Tuberculosis -- Georgia (Republic) -- Epidemiology
Tuberculosis -- Georgia (Republic) -- Prevention
Tuberculosis -- Georgia (Republic) -- ethnology
HEALTH & FITNESS / Diseases / General
MEDICAL -- Forensic Medicine.
MEDICAL -- Preventive Medicine.
MEDICAL -- Public Health.
Political science.
Tuberculosis -- Epidemiology.
Tuberculosis -- Prevention.
Tuberculosis -- Treatment.
Georgia (Republic)
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012017698
ISBN 082651894X