Books on Tuberculosis: Prevention is better than Cure

Author: Sherry Helms

“Stopping TB in my lifetime: Call for a world free of TB”. This is the theme of World Tuberculosis Day, 2012 which lends immediacy to the purpose of this day: a global fight against TB. Proclaimed to be held on March, 24 annually, this day is designed to generate awareness in public that TB, in spite of being treatable and preventable, remains an epidemic in much of the world, killing millions of people each year, mostly in third-world countries.

In our opinion, it is books that perfectly support the meaning of the proverb – Prevention is better than Cure. So, we suggest our readers to go through the Books on Tuberculosis to know better about the cause & effect of this contagious and fatal disease as well as the preventions strategies against it.

With the effort of our editorial team, we have come up with a list of such books that will help you to do away with Tuberculosis in your lifetime. Here’s the list:

The White Plague: Tuberculosis, Man and Society – In this book, Jean Dubos argues that the great increase of tuberculosis was closely connected with the rise of an industrial, urbanized society Revealing that the progress of medical science had very little to do with the marked decline in tuberculosis in the past century, the author says the contemporary social class used to view the symptoms of TB as a matter of esteem.  TB was primarily considered as white, upper-class disease.

A Child of Sanitariums: A Memoir of Tuberculosis Survival and Lifelong Disability – This is dramatic memoir of Gloria Paris sharing her experiences with skeletal tuberculosis, which she contracted at the age of five in the 1930s. She recounts her nine years of living in tuberculosis sanatoriums, her treatment there, and her professional and married life after getting released from the disease at the age of 14. Motivational and hilarious, this memoir is a testament to the power of human perseverance and hope.

The Bioarchaeology of Tuberculosis: A Global View on a Reemerging Disease – Whilst working on bones, the authors, Charlotte Roberts and Jane Buikstra are able to follow TB through the ages and into modern times. The authors argue that even though the apparent decline during the first half of the 20th century, tuberculosis has reawakened in both developed and developing countries.  They further outlined the social and environmental factors which need to be considered in order to kill this killer.

Captain of Death: The Story of Tuberculosis – The dramatic story of tuberculosis is told here in a straightforward and accessible style. In this book the author, Thomas M. Daniel, presents the stories of persons connected with the disease, either as victims, or as those who made contributions to our awareness about it. While detailing about the past attempts to eradicate this fatal disease completely, this book offers a comprehensive account of the disease from prehistoric times to the present day.

The Return of the White Plague: Global Poverty and the “New” Tuberculosis – The story of eradication campaign against tuberculosis, which is executed as recently as thirty years ago, is a big medical failure. This collection of failure stories of TB campaigns around the world provides an international survey of current thought on the spread and control of tuberculosis, covering historical, social, political, and medical aspects. This is great work by Matthew Gandy and Alimuddin Zumla.

This list is just scratching the surface. There are available a myriad of Books on Tuberculosis presented by veterans of this field at our bookstore. Our book collection spans titles on every aspects of TB. Therefore, if you miss the title of your choice in this list, you can browse through and may like to share and comment the same to us.

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