Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 565–566 | Cite as

The Liminal Body

Comment on “Privacy in the Context of ‘Re-emergent’ Infectious Diseases” by Justin T. Denholm and Ian H. Kerridge
  • Paul H. MasonEmail author
Case Studies


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.


Tuberculosis Latent tuberculosis infection Liminal Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine QuantiFERON-TB Gold Tuberculin skin test 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Woolcock Institute of Medical ResearchUniversity of SydneyGlebeAustralia

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