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Discovering Tuberculosis: A Global History, 1900 to the Present

Discovering Tuberculosis: A Global History, 1900 to the Present 230 Book Reviews Discovering Tuberculosis: A Global History, 1900 to the Present By Christian W. McMillen (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2015) (338 pages; $28.00 hardcover, $28.00 e-book) In Discovering Tuberculosis, Christian McMillen brings his interdisciplin - ary historical lens to examine cultural, scientific, and economic influences on global tuberculosis (TB) control strategies over the past century and up to the present. The complex and tangled nature of the planning and imple - mentation of world health strategies and the intricacies of the research and pharmacy involved make the task daunting but McMillen rises to the chal - lenge and creates a cohesive three-section narrative: Discovery (1900–1945), Control (1935–1975), and Failure (1975–present), tracing uneven progress of TB care over the century. Vulnerable and culturally diverse populations, medical hubris, earnest and committed researchers, large global and colonial public health efforts, cost accounting and economic constraints, grassroots care pr oviders, an HIV crisis, and failed strategies all come into play as he answers the question “Why can’t we control TB?” (p. 2). In the first section, McMillen explores the theme of race and TB in East Africa, South Africa, and American Indian country. He outlines how race- based theories of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Discovering Tuberculosis: A Global History, 1900 to the Present

Nursing History Review , Volume 26 (1): 2 – Jan 1, 2018

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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230 Book Reviews Discovering Tuberculosis: A Global History, 1900 to the Present By Christian W. McMillen (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2015) (338 pages; $28.00 hardcover, $28.00 e-book) In Discovering Tuberculosis, Christian McMillen brings his interdisciplin - ary historical lens to examine cultural, scientific, and economic influences on global tuberculosis (TB) control strategies over the past century and up to the present. The complex and tangled nature of the planning and imple - mentation of world health strategies and the intricacies of the research and pharmacy involved make the task daunting but McMillen rises to the chal - lenge and creates a cohesive three-section narrative: Discovery (1900–1945), Control (1935–1975), and Failure (1975–present), tracing uneven progress of TB care over the century. Vulnerable and culturally diverse populations, medical hubris, earnest and committed researchers, large global and colonial public health efforts, cost accounting and economic constraints, grassroots care pr oviders, an HIV crisis, and failed strategies all come into play as he answers the question “Why can’t we control TB?” (p. 2). In the first section, McMillen explores the theme of race and TB in East Africa, South Africa, and American Indian country. He outlines how race- based theories of

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Published: Jan 1, 2018

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