Disease and Democracy: The Industrialized World Faces AIDS / Edition 1

Disease and Democracy: The Industrialized World Faces AIDS / Edition 1

by Peter Baldwin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520251474

ISBN-13: 9780520251472

Pub. Date: 02/09/2007

Publisher: University of California Press

Disease and Democracy is the first comparative analysis of how Western democratic nations have coped with AIDS. Peter Baldwin's exploration of divergent approaches to the epidemic in the United States and several European nations is a springboard for a wide-ranging and sophisticated historical analysis of public health practices and policies. In addition to his

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Disease and Democracy is the first comparative analysis of how Western democratic nations have coped with AIDS. Peter Baldwin's exploration of divergent approaches to the epidemic in the United States and several European nations is a springboard for a wide-ranging and sophisticated historical analysis of public health practices and policies. In addition to his comprehensive presentation of information on approaches to AIDS, Baldwin's authoritative book provides a new perspective on our most enduring political dilemma: how to reconcile individual liberty with the safety of the community.

Baldwin finds that Western democratic nations have adopted much more varied approaches to AIDS than is commonly recognized. He situates the range of responses to AIDS within the span of past attempts to control contagious disease and discovers the crucial role that history has played in developing these various approaches. Some countries have relied on voluntary, consensual tactics based on education, information dissemination, and behavioral change. Elsewhere, less consensual methods have been employed, with the civil rights of the infected and the at-risk restricted in favor of the community's well-being. Baldwin's analysis reveals that these various tactics have sprung largely from those adopted against the classic epidemic diseases of the nineteenth century-especially cholera-and that they reflect the long institutional memories embodied in public health institutions. His study illuminates key issues facing both developed and developing nations attempting to curtail epidemics today and in the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520251472
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/09/2007
Series:
California/Milbank Books on Health and the Public Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
489
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Abbreviationsxii
Introduction: Slaves to the Past1
1Bodily Fluids and Citizenship7
2What Came First41
3Fighting the Previous War: Traditional Public Health Strategies and AIDS51
4Patients into Prisoners: Responsibility, Crime, and Health86
5Discrimination and its Discontents: Protecting the Victims99
6Every Man His Own Quarantine Officer: The Voluntary Approach125
7The Polymorphous Politics of Prevention153
8To Die Laughing: Gays and Other Interest Groups165
9Vox Populi Suprema Lex Est: Expertise, Authority, and Democracy202
10Clio Intervenes: The Effect of the Past on Public Health227
11Liberty, Authority, and the State in the AIDS Era244
Notes291
Index449

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