Illness semantics and international health: The weak lungs-tuberculosis complex in the philippines

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Abstract

Concern expressed about tuberculosis and weak lungs varied considerably. Does this reflect differences in perceptions about contagion and prevention? Asked the general question "is weak lungs contagious?" 38% of informants said yes, 44% said no, and 18% were unsure. To probe whether age was a factor influencing contagion, we asked whether a child with weak lungs could cause an adult to fall sick with the illness. Eighty-four percent of informants said no, although 66% stated that an adult with weak lungs could cause a child to become ill.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Anthropology of Infectious Disease
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Health Perspectives
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages267-297
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9781134386420
ISBN (Print)9056995561, 9789056995553
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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