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The AIDS crisis : a documentary history
Feldman, Douglas A.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xxxix, 266 pages ; 25 cm.
History of HIV/AIDS -- Origin of HIV/AIDS -- An epidemic emerges -- The shaping of public opinion -- The impact of the epidemic -- The situation in the United States -- The global crisis -- The epidemic takes its toll -- HIV/AIDS within communities and populations -- Teenagers -- Women -- Children -- Injecting drug users -- The gay community -- Commercial sex workers -- The homeless -- Correctional facilities -- Persons with hemophilia -- AIDS in the developing world -- The African pandemic -- The growing crisis in Asia -- AIDS in Latin America and the Caribbean -- The human side of AIDS -- The many faces of AIDS: first-person accounts -- Psychosocial needs of persons with AIDS -- The role of families, partners, and friends of people with AIDS -- The role of health care providers and caregivers -- The politics of AIDS -- Community responses to the crisis -- Political apathy -- Activism -- Education and behavioral change -- Promoting awareness and education -- Producing behavioral change -- Legal and ethical issues -- AIDS, the workplace, and the law -- Ethics and AIDS policy --- The future of AIDS.
Reading Level:
1320 Lexile.
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AIDS has grown in just two decades from a rare disease to one that has already killed millions of men, women, and children worldwide. To help high school and college students understand the history and current status of AIDS as a social, political, psychological, public health, and cultural phenomenon, this documentary history provides 228 short and highly readable selections from primary and secondary sources of information about AIDS and HIV. Its scope covers the entire history of the epidemic from its beginnings to early 1997. The documents, many of which cannot easily be found elsewhere, will help the reader to understand and debate the many perspectives and points of view on this controversial topic.

Douglas A. Feldman, one of the country's leading specialists in international and domestic AIDS social research, and Julia Wang Miller, a research consultant, have selected documents and provided explanatory introductions to them to help readers gain a deeper understanding of the sociocultural ramifications of AIDS. Following a narrative historical overview of the AIDS crisis, the work is organized into nine topical chapters: the history of HIV/AIDS; the impact of the epidemic in the United States and globally; HIV/AIDS within communities and populations; AIDS in the developing world; the human side of AIDS; the politics of AIDS; education and behavioral change; legal and ethical issues; and the future of AIDS. Each chapter contains an introductory narrative overview of the topic, brief explanatory introduction to each document, and list of suggested readings. A glossary of terms and an AIDS resource directory of organizations to contact for further information complete the work. This important documentary history belongs on the shelves of every public school and college and university library.

Author Notes

DOUGLAS A. FELDMAN is a medical and applied anthropologist, a specialist in international and domestic AIDS social research since 1982, and the President of D.A. Feldman & Associates, a health research organization based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is a Research Associate Professor, University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Feldman is the editor of Global AIDS Policy (Bergin & Garvey, 1994), Culture and AIDS (Praeger, 1990), and co-editor (with Thomas M. Johnson) of The Social Dimensions of AIDS: Method and Theory (Praeger, 1986), and has written many articles on anthropological research on AIDS. He received the prestigious Kimball Award in 1996 for his contributions in advancing the anthropology of AIDS, and is currently conducting funded AIDS social research in South Florida and Central Africa.

JULIA WANG MILLER is a sociologist who has worked extensively in public health on the AIDS issue.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This new volume in the publisher's Primary Documents in American History and Contemporary Issues series presents more than 200 documents on AIDS, from the first medical report in 1981. Most documents are full text, and each is accompanied by a short introduction providing context. This series is designed for high-school and college students.

Choice Review

Designed to help high school and college students understand the history and current status of AIDS as a social, political, psychological, public health, and cultural phenomenon, this documentary history provides 235 short, original texts published from the beginning of the epidemic to early 1997. The book can be read from cover to cover or used as a resource tool by using the table of contents and the index. Each chapter begins with a short introduction, followed by edited passages from various sources. Each passage is introduced with a header note that describes what the passage will be about or sets the scene for some of the issues highlighted in the passage. The edited passages come from primary documents, such as government publications, or from secondary sources, such as newspaper and magazine articles. The source of the reading is given at the end. It is important to note the publication year of the source in order to determine how current the information is; some documents are mostly of historical interest. Additional suggested readings are included at the end of each chapter. Glossary of common AIDS terms; resource directory of selected AIDS organizations. A good overview for undergraduate students. J. M. Howe; VA Medical Library, San Francisco

Table of Contents

Advisory Boardp. ii
Series Forewordp. xxi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Introductionp. xxv
1 The History of HIV/AIDSp. 1
2 The Impact of the Epidemicp. 30
Suggested Readingsp. 53
3 HIV/AIDS Within Communities and Populationsp. 54
4 AIDS in the Developing Worldp. 117
5 The Human Side of AIDSp. 135
6 The Politics of AIDSp. 159
7 Education and Behavioral Changep. 183
Suggested Readingsp. 200
8 Legal and Ethical Issuesp. 201
9 The Future of AIDSp. 234
Glossaryp. 253
Resource Directoryp. 259
Indexp. 261
About the Editorsp. 267