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A Salvage Ethnography of the Guinea Worm: Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic in a Disease Eradication Program

Amy Moran-Thomas

in When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157382
eISBN:
9781400846801
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157382.003.0011
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter takes the program for the eradication of the guinea worm in northern Ghana as a launching point from which to examine the different epistemologies at work in global health initiatives. ... More


All’s Well That Ends Wells: Dracunculus medinensis

Dickson D. Despommier and William C. Campbell

in People, Parasites, and Plowshares: Learning From Our Body's Most Terrifying Invaders

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231161947
eISBN:
9780231535267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231161947.003.0007
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter focuses on the proliferation and infection of Dracunculus medinensis in the body of its host. Dracunculus medinensis or Guinea worm is a nematode that causes dracunculiasis. The ... More


Disease Eradication in the 21st Century: Implications for Global Health

Stephen L. Cochi and Walter R. Dowdle (eds)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262016735
eISBN:
9780262304207
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016735.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Disease Ecology / Epidemiology

Disease eradication represents the ultimate in global equity and the definitive outcome of good public health practice. Thirty years ago, the elimination of smallpox defined disease eradication as a ... More


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