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Epidemic Illusions

Author: Eugene T. Richardson and Paul Farmer  

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PUBLISHED: 22nd December 2020
ISBN: 9780262045605
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  • Paperback
PUBLISHED: 22nd December 2020
ISBN: 9780262045605

Publisher Description

In Epidemic Illusions, Eugene Richardson makes a provocative claim- that public health science manages and maintains global health inequity. Richardson, a physician and and anthropologist, examines the conventional public health approach to epidemiology through the lens of a participant-observer, identifying a dogmatic commitment to the quantitative paradigm. This paradigm, he argues, plays a role in causing and perpetrating public health crises. The mechanisms of public health science--and epidemiology in particular--that set public health agendas and claim a monopoly on truth stem from a colonial, racist, and patriarchal system that had its inception in 1492.

Author Biography

Eugene T. Richardson, MD, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Visiting Faculty at the University of Global Health Equity in Butaro, Rwanda. Paul Farmer, cofounder of Partners in Health, is author of To Repair the World.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Paul Farmer Preface Dedication Part I: Carnivalization Introduction: Pr [Global Health Equity Coloniality] Redescription 1: Colonizer, Interrupted (Flash Fiction) Redescription 2: The Allegory of the Warren (Platonic Dialogues) Redescription 3: The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of Lake Geneva (Nacireman Ethnography) Redescription 4: WHO's Semiosis (Semiotics) Redescription 5: The Ebola Suspect's Dilemma (Call and Response) Redescription 6: Not-so-big Data and Immodest Causal Inference (Symbolic Reparations) Redescription 7: Ebola Vaccines and the Ideal Speech Situation (Border Gnosis) Redescription 8: The Race-PrEP Study (Counterhegemonic Modeling) Pre-Appendix Conclusion: The Epistemic Reformation Part II: Use Your Illusion Affterword: Pandemicity, COVID-19, and the Limits of Public Health "Science" Notes Index

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