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From Chaos to Coercion: Detention and the Control of Tuberculosis
In the 1980s and early 1990s, New York City experienced an unprecedented outbreak of tuberculosis. Inadequate healthcare services, an increase in social alienation of the poor, and the emergence of drug-resistant strains led city health officials to respond with draconian policies to ensure compliance, including the use of detention of non-infectious individuals--sometimes ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 19th 2000 by St. Martin's Press
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A great read for my master's thesis, but also a telling look into the US approach to communicable disease control, viewed from the relevant time and cultural context. Coker's outside perspective provides an honest look at the current and historical justifications for forced isolation and detention for those infected with TB (or plagued by mental illness), noting that they are often one and the same. His take-home message is that if an individual's liberty is to be sacrificed for the sake of prot ...more