The Case of a Tropical Disease and its Treatment : Science, Society, and Economics

TitleThe Case of a Tropical Disease and its Treatment : Science, Society, and Economics
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsSantanello, CR, Rehg, J
Corporate AuthorsSouthern Illinois University, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences,, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Department of Anthropology,
Date Published12/2007
PublisherNational Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAMERICAN , ANTHROPOLOGY , benznidazole , BIOETHICS , biopiracy , BIOPROSPECTING , Bribri , business , BUSINESS ethics , Central , Chagas , ECONOMICS , Ethnobotany , Guaymi , Infectious , MEDICINE , Neurolaena , nifurtimox , pathogen , Protozoan , Social Justice , tropics , Trypanosoma , vector
AbstractThis case study highlights the epidemiological and socioeconomic factors associated with a disease which plagues thousands of people in Central and South America. The case follows the story of Adrian, a banana plantation worker in southwestern Costa Rica who develops a mysterious illness. Students learn about infectious diseases, pathogens, and vectors endemic to the region, and are asked to diagnose Adrian’s illness and consider his dilemma with respect to treatment options. The case is appropriate for courses with a component on health care, pharmacology, microbiology, medical anthropology, ethnobotany, or epidemiology. Instructors can choose to focus more on the biological components of the case or more on the socioeconomic and ethical aspects, depending on course goals and subject area.
NotesCase from the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University of Buffalo. http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/
URLhttp://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/collection/detail.asp?case_id=320&id=320
Audience LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
Abbreviated Case NameThe Case of a Tropical Disease and its Treatment
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