AIDS, Rhetoric, and Medical Knowledgeby Alex Preda
Pub. Date: 10/15/2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Examining the formation of scientific knowledge about the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, Alex Preda highlights the metaphors, narratives, and classifications which framed scientific hypotheses about the nature of the infectious agent and its transmission. Preda compares these arguments with those used in the scientific analysis of SARS. He demonstrates how scientific knowledge about epidemics is shaped by cultural narratives and categories of social thought through a detailed review of biomedical publications.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction: AIDS and scientific knowledge; 1. Making up the rules of seeing: opportunistic infections and the new syndrome; 2. The economy of risk categories; 3. The etiologic agent and the rhetoric of scientific debate; 4. Retrovirus vs. Retrovirus: the arguments for HTLV-III, LAV, and HIV; 5. The spatial configurations of 'AIDS Risk'; 6. Who is how much? from qualities to quantities of risk; 7. In lieu of a conclusion: do rhetorical practices matter?; References; Notes.
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