Disease and Democracy: The Industrialized World Faces AIDS / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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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. Baldwin finds that the various tactics adopted to fight AIDS have sprung largely from those adopted against the classic epidemic diseases of the nineteenth centuryespecially choleraand that they reflect the long institutional memories embodied in public health institutions.
About the Author
Peter Baldwin is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Among his books are Contagion and the State in Europe, 1830-1930 (1999) and The Politics of Social Solidarity: Class Bases of the European Welfare State, 1875-1975 (1990).
Table of Contents
Foreword by Daniel M. Fox and Samuel L. MilbankAcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsIntroduction: Slaves to the Past1. Bodily Fluids and Citizenship2. What Came First3. Fighting the Previous War: Traditional Public Health Strategies and AIDS4. Patients into Prisoners: Responsibility, Crime, and Health5. Discrimination and Its Discontents: Protecting the Victims6. Every Man His Own Quarantine Officer: The Voluntary Approach7. The Polymorphous Politics of Prevention8. To Die Laughing: Gays and Other Interest Groups9. Vox Populi Suprema Lex Est: Expertise, Authority, and Democracy 10. Clio Intervenes: The Effect of the Past on Public Health11. Liberty, Authority, and the State in the AIDS EraNotesIndex