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Disease and DemocracyThe  Industrialized World Faces AIDS$
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Peter Baldwin

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520243507

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520243507.001.0001

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. Bodily Fluids and Citizenship

. Bodily Fluids and Citizenship

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Disease and Democracy

Peter Baldwin

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the epidemiology and public health aspects of infectious diseases, focusing on sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS. It describes how public health programs of disease control and prevention have been affected by society's reaction throughout history. The chapter also discusses aspects of AIDS causation (etiology), and the debate about whether this disease is caused by an organism or by the intermingling of various social factors. The development of AIDS into an epidemic in industrialized nations and how these nations reacted in terms of public health programs are discussed as well, including the shift in the social groups that were being affected by this disease. The rapid growth of medical knowledge naturally affected the measures implemented to counteract the spread of AIDS.

Keywords:   AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, public health, social aspects, epidemiology, etiology

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