In this compelling book, Nicoli Nattrass explores the social and political factors shaping AIDS conspiracy theories, particularly the erroneous belief that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) was manufactured in the United States as a biological weapon. She argues that AIDS conspiracy theories and AIDS denialism (the belief that HIV is harmless) are dangerous because both make a "conspiratorial move" against HIV science, implying none of it can be trusted. This has undermined HIV prevention and antiretroviral treatment in the U.S. and South Africa. Nattrass identifies four symbolically powerful figures within the AIDS denialism movement and describes how pro-science activists have responded by challenging their credibility and defending evidence-based medicine.
|Publisher:||Columbia University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
1. The Conspiratorial Move Against HIV Science and Its Consequences
2. AIDS Origin Conspiracy Theories in the United States and South Africa
3. Who Believes AIDS Conspiracy Theories and Why Leadership Matters
6. Hero Scientists
7. Defending the Imprimatur of Science: Duesberg and the Medical Hypotheses Saga
8. The Conspiratorial Move and the Struggle for Evidence-based Medicine
What People are Saying About This
A rigorous and illuminating investigation into the anatomy of AIDS conspiracies, this book ought to be read by anybody interested in the relationship between science and ordinary people.
Nicoli Nattrass's book is long overdue. She provides a comprehensive, definitive rebuttal to the genocide that AIDS denialism continues to propagate around the world. Nattrass succeeds in educating the public and arming them with truth based on proven sciencenot pseudoscience. Nattrass should be widely commended for her work.
A must read for anyone interested in confronting the anti-science backlash causing so many unnecessary deaths across the globe.
Nicoli Nattrass does a wonderful job uncovering the dangerous consequences of following fringe ideas in health and medicine. Her new book puts medical myths and misinformation square in front of us, and she tells the story with such passion, we dare not look away.