Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues
Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review. Just if you might be interested.
I would like to focus on the theoretical part of the book. Paul Farmer is a shining example of with his commitment to the poorest and the weakest. His approaches and ideas for better medical care, more distributive justice and a restructuring of inefficient and corrupt systems are visionary. He describes ...more
We are tossing ineffective or inappropriate drugs at populations, or no treatment at all, that don't have the money. It's called "cost effective". It wouldn't be cost effective to treat everyone the same. Which is a sick joke. At the same time we are all sharing the same micobacteria. Politics, poverty, lower standard of living, war, ineffect ...more
Not only is it the ethical thing to help all the world's people deal with treatable, deadly diseases, it's enlightened self interest to do so as boundaries and border ...more
Stories were interesting the first time, but they get rehashed to make the same point repeatedly. I would have been good after maybe 50 pages. That may be the result of this being a compilation of essays.
Disease treatment is disease prevention, for Infectious Disease.
If current best treatments are too expensive for use in developing countries, what does that mean about the value we place on life?
MDRTB needs to be treated as well as simple tube ...more
It was enlightening but also disturbing to read this exposition about the nature of infectious diseases in the world. According to the W ...more
This quote has always stayed with me:
"There is nothing wrong with underlining personal agency, but there is something unfair about using personal responsibility as a basis for assigning blame while simultaneously denying those who are being blamed the opportunity to exert agency over thei ...more
��2 Stars, don���t bother
Self Purchase for Kindle.
First Impression: Unremarkable
I hate it when books in series don���t take time to reintroduce the characters to you. I waited a long time between the first and second book and couldn���t remember everyone. This book just drops you back in and I found that annoying.
I liked the first one in the series ok, ����3.5 Stars but boy this one just was bad. You are dropped right back in with no reintroduction and there isn���t...more
I thought Farmer did a really great job pointing out the need for a balanced approach to HIV and TB treatment/prevention. While it is of course important to foc ...more