Number of page: 640
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Category: Health & Fitness
A definitive history of the successful battle to halt the AIDS epidemic, here is the incredible story of the grassroots activists whose work turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Almost universally ignored, these men and women learned to become their own researchers, lobbyists, and drug smugglers, established their own newspapers and research journals, and went on to force reform in the nation’s disease-fighting agencies. From the creator of, and inspired by, the seminal documentary of the same name, How to Survive a Plague is an unparalleled insider’s account of a pivotal moment in the history of American civil rights.
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Review: How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS From the creator of and inspired by the seminal documentary of the same name an Oscar nominee the definitive history of the successful battle to halt the AIDS epidemic, and the powerful, heroic stories of the gay activists who refused to die without a fight. Intimately reported, this is the story of the men and women who, watching their friends and lovers fall, ignored by public officials
- Rebecca Pandolph
While quite lengthy, the pacing was good with an undercurrent of urgency. The interlacing of personal stories with the bigger events made it a very engaging work.
- Ben Avelarde
Nonsense! First of all AIDS was never tamed.There is still a rampant AIDS Epidemic in Africa and some other third world countries.Its not prevalent in the US because of awareness and how to prevent the disease.Also its a known fact that the majority of HIV cases are spread through homosexuals and drug users. Look up the statistics.
LibraryThing Review David France’s book, How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS isn’t a carefully balanced account of the work done to find ways to treat AIDS. It also isn’t
LibraryThing Review A different angle taken by this author than that of And The Band Played On by Randy Shilts, another classic history of AIDS in America. France’s book is almost 100% from the NYC perspective and
- Susanne Caro
How To Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS Prepare to have your heart buoyed and broken in this riveting account of the response to the AIDS epidemic that’s as educational as it is difficult to put down. Based on thorough research and the
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversary Edition, Edition 2
Upon it s first publication twenty years ago And The Band Played on was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigative reporting An international bestseller a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award and made into a critically acclaimed movie Shilts expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80 s while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat One of the few true modern classics it changed and framed how AIDS was discussed in the following years Now republished in a special 20th Anniversary edition And the Band Played On remains one of the essential books of our time
Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge
In the short turbulent history of AIDS research and treatment the boundaries between scientist insiders and lay outsiders have been crisscrossed to a degree never before seen in medical history Steven Epstein s astute and readable investigation focuses on the critical question of how certainty is constructed or deconstructed leading us through the views of medical researchers activists policy makers and others to discover how knowledge about AIDS emerges out of what he calls credibility struggles Epstein shows the extent to which AIDS research has been a social and political phenomenon and how the AIDS movement has transformed biomedical research practices through its capacity to garner credibility by novel strategies Epstein finds that nonscientist AIDS activists have gained enough of a voice in the scientific world to shape NIH sponsored research to a remarkable extent Because of the blurring of roles and responsibilities the production of biomedical knowledge about AIDS does not he says follow the pathways common to science indeed AIDS research can only be understood as a field that is unusually broad public and contested He concludes by analyzing recent moves to democratize biomedicine arguing that although AIDS activists have set the stage for new challenges to scientific authority all social movements that seek to democratize expertise face unusual difficulties Avoiding polemics and accusations Epstein provides a benchmark account of the AIDS epidemic to date one that will be as useful to activists policy makers and general readers as to sociologists physicians and scientists
The Epidemic: A History of Aids
From the Castro bathhouses to AZT and the denial of AIDS in South Africa this sweeping look at AIDS covers the epidemic from all angles and across the world Engel seamlessly weaves together science politics and culture writing with an even hand noting the excesses of the more radical edges of the ACT UP movement as well as the conservative religious leaders who thought AIDS victims deserved what they got The story of AIDS is one of the most compelling human dramas of our time both in its profound tragedy and in the extraordinary scientific efforts impelled on its behalf For gay Americans it has been the story of the past generation redefining the community and the community s sexuality For the Third World AIDS has created endless devastation toppling economies social structures and whole villages and regions And the worst may yet be to come AIDS is expanding quickly into India Russia China and elsewhere while still raging insub Saharan Africa A distinguished medical historian Engel lets his characters speak for themselves Whether gay activists government officials public health professionals scientists or frightened parents of schoolchildren they responded as best they could to tragic happenstance that emerged seemingly from nowhere There is much drama here and human weakness and heroism too Writing with vivid immediacy Engel allows us to relive the short but tumultuous history of a modern scourge
African American Women and HIV/AIDS: Critical Responses
AIDS is the second leading cause of death among African American women between the ages of 18 and 44 African American women constitute 63% of all cases of AIDS among women in the United States This volume brings together the collective wisdom of scholars researchers and social work professionals dealing with these concerns Focusing attention on the primary population of women impacted by AIDS this book presents culturally sensitive responses that meet the specific needs of African American women An historical and current overview of the alarming HIV infection rate among African Americans in particular women introduces the crisis Subsequent chapters highlight HIV AIDS prevention and intervention strategies that are successfully impacting the African American population Guided by a feminist perspective and grounded in social construction theory social work theory and social work practice this volume privileges the voice of African American women the group that is the most disenfranchised and least accurately represented in AIDS related research and writing This essential guide sheds light on a calamity too often overlooked making it especially valuable for scholars students researchers and practitioners involved with HIV AIDS issues in the African American community and with women s and black studies