AIDS, Rhetoric, and Medical Knowledge

AIDS, Rhetoric, and Medical Knowledge

by Alex Preda
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521837707

ISBN-13: 9780521837705

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…  See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521837705
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2004
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: 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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