Consumed in the City

Observing Tuberculosis at Century's End

Paul Draus
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304 pages
6 x 9

How the new tuberculosis epidemic and urban life collide

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As a public health field worker assigned to control tuberculosis in New York and Chicago in the 1990s, Paul Draus encountered the horrible effects of tuberculosis resurgence in urban areas, and the intersections of disease, blight, and poverty. Consumed in the City grows out of his experiences and offers a persuasive case for thinking about—and treating—tuberculosis as an inseparable component of the scourges of poverty, homelessness, AIDS, and drug abuse. It is impossible, Draus argues, to treat and eliminate tuberculosis without also treating the social ills that underlie the new epidemic.

Paul Draus begins by describing his own on-the-job training as a field worker, then places the resurgence of tuberculosis into historical and sociological perspective. He vividly describes his experiences in hospital rooms, clinics, jails, housing projects, urban streets, and other social settings where tuberculosis is often encountered and treated. Using case studies, he demonstrates how social problems affect the success or failure of actual treatment. Finally, Draus suggests how a reformed public health agenda could help institute the changes required to defeat a deadly new epidemic.

At once a personal account and a concrete plan for rethinking the role of public health, Consumed in the City marks a significant intervention in the way we think about the entangled crises of urban dislocation, poverty, and disease.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Prologue: A Day in the Life, Chicago, 1998 Introduction: TB and Sociology 1. Bugs in the Big Apple: Chasing TB in NYC 2. Slow Motion Disaster: Postindustrial Poverty and the Return of TB 3. The Public Hospital: Battles on the TB Frontier 4. Cavities of Contagion: Networks and Nodes of TB in Chicago 5. Welcome to the West Side: Hanging Out in TB Alley 6. Hard Case Histories: Narratives of Tuberculosis, Homelessness, and Addiction 7. Dif.cult Negotiations: Coercion, Care, and Compliance in TB Therapy 8. Sheep's Clothing: Lessons Learned from TB in the Field Conclusion: Implications of a Marginal Epidemic Epilogue: Back on the Corner, Chicago, 2002 Notes Works Cited Index

About the Author(s)

Paul Draus is a research scientist at the Center for Interventions, Treatment and Addictions Research in the Department of Community Health at the Wright State University School of Medicine.