Why We Write

Tyler Greenway writes this article based on some of his experiences in Mysore last year, as part of GHES:

I was collecting data on TB treatment in Mysore, India, and the records were stored in towering, musty stacks. Each page was covered in a barrage of numbers, lab values, and dense medical descriptions that I would decode as diligently as possible. The amount of information I collected over the course of that spring was overwhelming, but one theme continually stood out to me above the heaps of data: a huge percentage of people neverfinished their six-month course of free, governmentprovided antibiotics. The final columns of the medical records would simply be left blank. In the world of TB epidemiology, these people are known as “defaulters.”

Read the full article at AMSRJ.