Erin Koch is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, USA.
Free Market Tuberculosis is a novel, critical exploration of
tuberculosis control in a nation undergoing economic and cultural
transition in the early twenty-first century. Koch ably
demonstrates the clash of local culture and international
philanthropy, focusing on the potential failures that can result,
with life-and-death consequences for patients. This book will be of
interest to scholars and experts in a number of fields, including
medical anthropologists, political scientists, area studies
experts, employees of international aid agencies, and historians of
--Isis (Journal of the History of Science Society)
Koch shows that the story of tuberculosis in Georgia today is one of structured uncertainties and competing logics of expertise amid the implementation of market-based health service, all of which are embedded in a vibrant culture of medicine that significantly predates the Soviet period.
--Sarah D. Phillips, author of Women's Social Activism in the New Ukraine
This book offers important insights about the need to identify specific sociocultural and political contours of both epidemics and management strategies, and to explore where things might be improved upon in this context. In post-Soviet Georgia, we are witness to the successes and failures of tuberculosis treatment protocols as the political and economic demands of a globalized laboratory meet up awkwardly with local clinical conditions and patient populations in ways that make standardized protocols ultimately fail.
--Vincanne Adams, University of California, San Francisco, author of Doctors for Democracy