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The Liminal Body

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

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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.

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Correspondence to Paul H. Mason.

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The original article by Justin T. Denholm and Ian H. Kerridge, published in the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 11(2): 263–264, can be located at DOI 10.1007/s11673-014-9517-4.

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Mason, P.H. The Liminal Body. Bioethical Inquiry 11, 565–566 (2014).

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