Patient Zero And The Making Of The Aids Epidemic

Author: Richard A. McKay
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022606400X
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The search for a “patient zero”—popularly understood to be the first person infected in an epidemic—has been key to media coverage of major infectious disease outbreaks for more than three decades. Yet the term itself did not exist before the emergence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. How did this idea so swiftly come to exert such a strong grip on the scientific, media, and popular consciousness? In Patient Zero, Richard A. McKay interprets a wealth of archival sources and interviews to demonstrate how this seemingly new concept drew upon centuries-old ideas—and fears—about contagion and social disorder. McKay presents a carefully documented and sensitively written account of the life of Gaétan Dugas, a gay man whose skin cancer diagnosis in 1980 took on very different meanings as the HIV/AIDS epidemic developed—and who received widespread posthumous infamy when he was incorrectly identified as patient zero of the North American outbreak. McKay shows how investigators from the US Centers for Disease Control inadvertently created the term amid their early research into the emerging health crisis; how an ambitious journalist dramatically amplified the idea in his determination to reframe national debates about AIDS; and how many individuals grappled with the notion of patient zero—adopting, challenging and redirecting its powerful meanings—as they tried to make sense of and respond to the first fifteen years of an unfolding epidemic. With important insights for our interconnected age, Patient Zero untangles the complex process by which individuals and groups create meaning and allocate blame when faced with new disease threats. What McKay gives us here is myth-smashing revisionist history at its best.

Mapping Aids

Author: Lukas Engelmann
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108425771
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Offers an innovative study of visual traditions in modern medical history through debates about the causes, impact and spread of AIDS.

Beyond The Politics Of The Closet

Author: Jonathan Bell
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ISBN: 0812251857
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"This collection of essays seeks to explore the impact that gay rights politics and activism have had on the wider American political landscape since the rights revolutions of the 1960s"--

Aids And Other Killer Viruses And Pandemics

Author: Pete Schauer
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC
ISBN: 1534501401
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The 1918 influenza pandemic. The Polio scourge. The AIDS epidemic. The Ebola and Zika outbreaks. Modern history has seen numerous deadly viruses and pandemics that have harmed or killed hundreds of millions of people. And the history is ongoing. The world is facing antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” and infectious diseases tied to climate change, and our previously reliable medicines and treatments no longer always work. What causes these outbreaks, how they spread, and how best to contain and combat them are often open to debate. The most informed opinions from the most respected doctors, researchers, and public health officials are found here, presenting various perspectives on our current and future health and offering both cause for hope and reason to fear.

Readers Guide To Periodical Literature

Author: Anna Lorraine Guthrie
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An author subject index to selected general interest periodicals of reference value in libraries.

Reframing Disease Contextually

Author: Mary Ann Gardell Cutter
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401701555
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This volume will be of interest to philosophers of medicine, bioethicists, and philosophers, medical professionals, historians of western medicine, and health policymakers. The book provides an overview of key debates in the history of modern western medicine on the nature, knowledge, and value of disease. It includes case studies of e.g. AIDS, genetic disease, and gendered disease.