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Wages of Sin: Sex and Disease, Past and Present / Edition 2
     

Wages of Sin: Sex and Disease, Past and Present / Edition 2

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by Peter Lewis Allen, University of Chicago Press
 

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ISBN-10: 0226014614

ISBN-13: 9780226014616

Pub. Date: 06/28/2002

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Throughout history, Western culture has often viewed disease-especially those diseases associated with sex-as punishment for sin. From leprosy to AIDS, The Wages of Sin offers a remarkable history of this perception, and explains how these ancient views continue to shape contemporary life and public policy.

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Throughout history, Western culture has often viewed disease-especially those diseases associated with sex-as punishment for sin. From leprosy to AIDS, The Wages of Sin offers a remarkable history of this perception, and explains how these ancient views continue to shape contemporary life and public policy.

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ISBN-13:
9780226014616
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Sex by Prescription: Lovesickness in the Middle Ages
2. To Live outside the Camp: Medieval Leprosy
3. The Just Rewards of Unbridled Lust: Syphilis in Early Modern Europe
4. A Broom in the Hands of the Almighty: Bubonic Plague
5. The Heinous Sin of Self-Pollution: Medicine, Morals, and Masturbation
6. AIDS in the U.S.A.
Conclusion: The Week Nobody Died
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Wages of Sin: Sex and Disease, Past and Present 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Comprehensive and Engaging Having come across Peter Allen several times in my research on the history of AIDS as the author of several essays, this book seemed perfect for a broader history of sex and diseases. His personal experience of losing his partner to AIDS really hit home and brought an engaging, although sometimes sad, tone to his writing. In "The Wages of Sin" Allen sets out to educate the reader on three of the most prominent subjects in human history: disease, sex, and religion. While the three subjects are not ones you would normally knit together, Allen has created an engaging piece of work that shows how each of them impact the others and how they've each shaped our history to form the culture we have today. He focuses on issues from the late middle ages onwards, showing how opinions have changes over the years and how science and religion often clash when it comes to the subjects of disease and sex. I very much enjoyed reading about the social side of disease, sex, and religion and how people's opinions have changed (and in some cases not changed) in the past few hundred years. Through the course of the book Allen covers some almost unbelievable 'diseases' and opinions, one of which being "love could be an illness and sex a cure." Overall, the book was incredibly insightful and filled with eye-opening facts. Allen has put a great deal of research into this book, making for an educating yet still enjoyable read. The tone he writes in is engaging, honest, and chatty, and he's structured the book so it flows easily, making for an easy read. This is definitely one of the most comprehensive books I've come across on the subject of sexual history and disease - second, more or less, to Sexuality: An Illustrated History by Sander Gilman.