Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2012

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

This thesis uses statistical and narrative techniques to analyze the unusually high male to female gender ratio of tuberculosis (TB) prevalence in modern India, drawing on a series of surveys conducted in 2006. After highlighting the persistence of structural violence through the history of TB and its research, statistical models for both male and female tuberculosis positivity are developed and compared. A likely reporting issue is identified among women over the age of 35, forming the basis of a critique of current World Health Organization surveying methodology and TB treatment policy. The use of active, rather than passive, case-finding techniques is argued to be a crucial step in reducing problems of underreporting in India, particularly for women.

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