Article ID: CBB001550972

Drugs, Race and Tuberculosis Control in Baltimore, 1950--1978 (2014)


Two narratives dominate histories of post-WWII tuberculosis control. One emphasizes the successes of antibiotic therapy in the 1950s and 1960s, the subsequent decline in resources for tuberculosis management, and the resurgence of tuberculosis in the 1990s. The second centres on the development of the global DOTS strategy and privileges those aspects of earlier control efforts that appear to be precursors to DOTS. Both narratives underemphasize diverse efforts by public health authorities across the world to manage the possibilities and challenges of antibiotic therapy. These efforts were shaped by local social and political contexts. The history of Baltimore's tuberculosis control programme between 1950 and 1978 illustrates the complex array of strategies public health officials employed as well as the way they adapted strategies from other jurisdictions. It highlights continuities between the pre-antibiotic and the post-antibiotic history of tuberculosis, and ways that persistent racial tropes influenced tuberculosis control programmes.

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Authors & Contributors
Gioielli, Robert
Jones, Greta
Malcolm, Elizabeth
Brimnes, Niels
Kelly, James G.
Geary, Laurence M.
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Social History of Medicine
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Social History
Radical History Review
Comparative Studies in Society and History
International Specialized Book Services
MIT Press
Lugar Editorial
University of North Carolina Press
University of Leeds (United Kingdom
Gotham Books
Disease and diseases
Public health
Vaccines; vaccination
Wilde, Robert Willis
Finsen, Niels Ryberg
Doyle, Arthur Conan
Koch, Robert
United States
Great Britain
Baltimore (Maryland, U.S.)
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
18th century
17th century
Royal Belfast Academical Institution
Catholic University of Ireland (Dublin)
Institut Pasteur, Paris

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