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White Plague, Black Labor: Tuberculosis and the Political Economy of Health and Disease in South Africa

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Why does tuberculosis, a disease which is both curable and preventable, continue to produce over 50,000 new cases a year in South Africa, primarily among blacks? In answering this question Randall Packard traces the history of one of the most devastating diseases in twentieth-century Africa, against the background of the changing political and economic forces that have sha ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 6th 1989 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 1989)
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Gwenyth
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I really enjoy Dr. Packard's work. This is a fascinating exploration of the spread of TB in South Africa, the ways in which the medical discourse and reaction to the disease were every point were mediated by the political economic interests of the country, and the way in which medical arguments were used to justify the move towards apartheid.
That said, this seemed to me more "academic" in tone than his later one on malaria. It's dense, and he doesn't really hold the reader's hand. Not exactly th
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