The global failure of tuberculosis (TB) programs has reared its head again, and the recent strain of totally drug resistant TB (TDR-TB) has assuredly caught the attention of every TB official around the globe. Instantaneously the murmurs of ‘what are the global implications,’ and ‘what do we do’ have arisen like gossip in a grade school playground. It has stricken fear into the hearts of men, and threatens to terrorize global public health systems. Soon, it would seem, we will be poised for a biological massacre of poverty-stricken populations.
But this has been happening for decades.
In our deranged world of relative importance, where headlines and catchy names transcend basic public health necessities, it is not terribly surprising that Continue reading