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The Population Biology of Tuberculosis$
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Christopher Dye

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154626

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154626.001.0001

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Populations and Social Diseases

Populations and Social Diseases

(p.207) Chapter 8 Populations and Social Diseases
The Population Biology of Tuberculosis

Christopher Dye

Princeton University Press

This chapter draws together the epidemiological insights that come from population biology and considers the context in which tuberculosis remains a “social disease” in the early twenty-first century. The distinctive contribution of population biology is to range quantitatively across demography, ecology, epidemiology, environmental science, and evolution. Widening the horizon will bring into view a greater range of options for tackling TB in the post-2015 era of health and sustainable development. The chapter argues that the striking gap between the actual and potential impact of drug treatment underscores the need to find ways to boost the demand for—and supply of—health services. Much emphasis has been placed on developing new technology for TB control; too little attention has been paid to the design of health and social systems that can make best use of technology.

Keywords:   population biology, tuberculosis, social disease, ecology, epidemiology, environmental science, evolution, drug treatment, health services, TB control

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