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

Paul H. Mason

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-566
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Bioethical Inquiry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes


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

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