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Books, Journals, New Media
November 21, 2001

Inequity, DiseaseInfections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Paul Farmer, updated edition with a new preface, 375 pp, paper, $17.95, ISBN 0-520-22913-4, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1999, 2001.

JAMA. 2001;286(19):2469-2470. doi:10.1001/jama.286.19.2469

"He always kind of holds your feet to the fire," commented the master of ceremonies at a fundraiser attended by Dr Paul Farmer and described in a New Yorker article last year.1 Indeed, Farmer's Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues, recently released in a paperback edition, should make most involved in the delivery of health care uncomfortable. His case studies and scholarly analysis of the differential distribution and outcomes of disease among poor individuals and populations illustrate the dizzying drop-offs in the topography of national and global health policy, especially in reference to HIV and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDRTB).

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