The Meaning Of Aids

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The editors of this remarkable volume have collected 18 essays by humanists about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. AIDS seems to seek out as its victims the weakest and already victimized, writes Albert R. Jonsen, describing the inhumanity of this disease. Jonsen states that scientists have already fashioned a language for describing the disease in objective, clinical terms. What is needed now is a language to describe the human experience and instruct us on how to live humanely while AIDS is among us. To ...

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Overview

The editors of this remarkable volume have collected 18 essays by humanists about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. AIDS seems to seek out as its victims the weakest and already victimized, writes Albert R. Jonsen, describing the inhumanity of this disease. Jonsen states that scientists have already fashioned a language for describing the disease in objective, clinical terms. What is needed now is a language to describe the human experience and instruct us on how to live humanely while AIDS is among us. To help construct this language, this collection examines AIDS from the perspective of the humanities: History can recall past experience for our instruction, Philosophy can define terms such as welfare, freedom, health, and disease, that guide our discourse, and Literature can reveal the images that shape the social reality of AIDS.

Editors Eric T. Juengst and Barbara Koenig begin this study by delineating six interpretations of AIDS. Their aim is to demonstrate the many ways in which AIDS is viewed by society. The book is then divided into three parts. Part One examines how our current knowledge of AIDS was generated and how this knowledge is interpreted. Part Two explores the meaning of AIDS for health professionals and the ethical issues it can raise. Part Three examines public policy and AIDS. The contributors clarify and correct definitions, recall analogous incidents in our history and draw values and principles out of the obscurity of emotions and into the light of reason. divided into three parts. Part One examines the current knowledge of AIDS and how this knowledge is interpreted. Part Two explores the meaning and perceptions of AIDS in the medical community. Part Three examines public policy and AIDS. The contributors clarify and correct definitions, recall analogous incidents in our history and draw values and principles out of the obscurity of emotion and into the light of reason.

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Includes essays from humanists--philosophers, historians and literary scholars--about the AIDS epidemic. They have sought to correct and clarify definitions, to recall analogous incidents in our history and to draw values and principles out of the realm of emotion into the light of reason. Includes information on interpreting our knowledge of AIDS, the clinical experience of AIDS, and AIDS and public health. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

ERIC T. JUENGST is Assistant Professor of Humanities (Philosophy), Department of Humanities, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

BARBARA KOENIG is Nursing Education Coordinator, AIDS Professional Education Project and Adjunct Lecturer, Division of Medical Ethics, University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, California.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Albert R. Jonsen

Introduction: The Many Meanings of AIDS by Eric T. Juengst and Barbara A. Koenig

Interpreting Our Knowledge of AIDS

Naming the AIDS Virus

Causal Explanations of AIDS

Explaining AIDS: A Case Study

Ethics and the Language of AIDS

Making Contact: The AIDS Plays

The AIDS Epidemic: A Phenomenological Analysis off the Infectious Body

The Clinical Experience of AIDS

Duties, Fears and Physicians

Physician Response to a New, Lethal, and Presumably Infectious Disease: Medical Residents and AIDS Epidemic in San Francisco

Life-Sustaining Treatment in Patients with AIDS: Challenges to Traditional Decision Making

Law, Ethics and Advance Directive Regarding the Medical Care of AIDS Patients

AIDS and the Allocation of Intensive Care Unit Beds

AIDS and the Duty to Inform Others

AIDS and the Public Health

Restrictive Public Health Measures and AIDS: An Ethical Analysis

The Concept of Discrimination and the Treatment of People with AIDS

Quarantine in the AIDS Epidemic

Health Care Professionals and the Potential for Iatrogenic Transmission of AIDS: An Ethical Analysis

AIDS: Ethical, Legal and Public Policy Implications

Coercive and Voluntary Policies in the AIDS Epidemic

Bibliography

Index

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