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Vulnerability and Chance

Jeanne Guillemin

in Anthrax

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 1999 | ISBN: 9780520222045
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927100 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520222045.003.0014
Vulnerability and Chance

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This chapter considers the possibility that the research team received incomplete narratives of the outbreak, or if the victims just reacted differently to the infection. The first section takes a look at Dr. Abramova's autopsy notes, which provide bits of information about who the victims were. It also presents an account of additional interviews with the families of Maria Moseykina, Mukhametalin Mukhametshin, Ivan Vershinin, Mikhail Burmistrov, Natalya Lyakhova, Aleksandra Volkova, and Lazar Korsayev. The chapter observes a feeling of gnawing anxiety in these interviews, which is a common effect of epidemics, revealing that no one recalls buying infected meat; that all of the victims worked, including the pensioners; and that they all lived by the clock.

Keywords: incomplete narratives; infection; autopsy notes; gnawing anxiety; infected meat

Chapter.  4049 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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