Epidemic Illusions


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A physician and anthropologist questions the Global North's "monopoly on truth" in global public health science.

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Foreword by Paul Farmer
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)
Conclusion: The Epistemic Reformation
Part II: Use Your Illusion
Affterword: Pandemicity, COVID-19, and the Limits of Public Health "Science"

About the Author

Eugene T. Richardson, MD, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Visiting Faculty at the University of Global Health Equity in Butaro, Rwanda, and Chair of the Lancet Commission on Reparations and Redistributive Justice. Paul Farmer, University Professor at Harvard and cofounder of Partners In Health, is author of Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds- Ebola and the Ravages of History.

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