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Free Market Tuberculosis: Managing Epidemics in Post-Soviet Georgia
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Free Market Tuberculosis: Managing Epidemics in Post-Soviet Georgia (Hardback)

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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 standardised 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 standardised 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.

Medical & VeterinaryBrances of medicineDiseases & disordersInfectious & contagious diseasesMedical & VeterinaryMedicine: general issuesPublic health & preventive medicineEpidemiology & medical statistics Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press Publication Date: 15/03/2013 ISBN-13: 9780826518927  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Erin Koch is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, USA.

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