The Liminal Body
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- Mason, P.H. Bioethical Inquiry (2014) 11: 565. doi:10.1007/s11673-014-9573-9
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If James has a latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI), he is at risk of developing active tuberculosis disease but he is not yet sick. LTBI is a liminal space between health and illness. Diagnosed with LTBI, James could be conceptualised as having a liminal body. Treatments for LTBI are available, but why would a person seek treatment for a disease he does not yet have? One thing is definite: James needs to be educated about the symptoms and severity of active tuberculosis disease.