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From Chaos to Coercion: Detention and the Control of Tuberculosis
  1. J D H Porter

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    R Coker. St Martins Press, 2000, US$27.95, pp 261. ISBN 0-312-22250-5

    This is a fascinating book. It uses tuberculosis to look at the balance between individual liberty and the public good: the tensions created between personal liberty and social responsibility, a strong theme in all work in public health. The context is New York in the 1990s, but as Coker states, “This book uses the lens of tuberculosis control, and in particular the detention of non-infectious individuals, to examine America's response to its most vulnerable and marginalised citizens, and asks the question: `is detention of non-infectious, non-compliant individuals right from ethical, legal, and public health perspectives'”.

    The book is divided into nine chapters. It …

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