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AnthraxThe Investigation of a Deadly Outbreak$
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Jeanne Guillemin

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780520222045

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520222045.001.0001

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Vulnerability and Chance

Vulnerability and Chance

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(p.140) 14. Vulnerability and Chance
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Anthrax
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Jeanne Guillemin

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520222045.003.0014

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

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