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Emerging Infectious Diseases and Society

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Shortlisted for the British Sociological Association's Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize in 2011By the 1970s, medicine appeared to have conquered infectious diseases. A century before, newly discovered germ theory had laid the foundations for advances in vaccines and antibiotics, but deaths and illness from infectious diseases had been declining in the developed world even before this 'golden age' of medicine. Infectious diseases were perceived as archaic, and future health threats seemed to come from so-called diseases of civilization, such as heart disease and cancer.

The appearance of AIDS in the early 1980s radically reversed that trend, and since then over thirty new infectious diseases have been classified, including mad cow disease and antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria, such as MRSA. Furthermore, old threats, such as tuberculosis, have re-emerged as they have become immune to established treatments.

This fascinating study, now in paperback with a new preface, charts the rise of new infectious diseases and examines the cultural context and anxieties that surround their emergence, revealing the underlying social and political concerns that determine our response to disease in the twenty-first century.

Synopsis:

In the 1970s it seemed infectious diseases had been conquered, but today global epidemics seem to pose a new, more sinister, threat. This fascinating study explores these new infectious diseases, such as Swine Flu, SARS and AIDS, and the re-emergence of old threats, and discusses their role in society. 

Synopsis:

In the 1970s it seemed infectious diseases had been conquered, but today global epidemics seem to pose a new, more sinister, threat. This fascinating study explores these new infectious diseases, such as Swine Flu, SARS and AIDS, and the re-emergence of old threats, and discusses their role in society. 

About the Author

PETER WASHER has taught at University College, London and Imperial College, London, UK. His research interests are in representations of infectious diseases. He is editor of Clinical Communication Skills (Oxford University Press).

Table of Contents

Author Preface to the Paperback Edition

1. Factors in the Emergence of Infectious Diseases

2. The Conquest of Infectious Disease

3. AIDS and the End of the Golden Age of Medicine

4. Modernity, Globalization and Emerging Infectious Diseases

5. Mad Cows, Modern Plagues and Superbugs

6. Dirt, Germs and the Immune System

7. The bioterrorism myth

8. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Security and Global Poverty

Product Details

ISBN:
9780230221321
Author:
Washer, Peter
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Subject:
Disease & Health Issues
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 graphs
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in

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Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » Sociology » Disease and Health Issues

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In the 1970s it seemed infectious diseases had been conquered, but today global epidemics seem to pose a new, more sinister, threat. This fascinating study explores these new infectious diseases, such as Swine Flu, SARS and AIDS, and the re-emergence of old threats, and discusses their role in society. 
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In the 1970s it seemed infectious diseases had been conquered, but today global epidemics seem to pose a new, more sinister, threat. This fascinating study explores these new infectious diseases, such as Swine Flu, SARS and AIDS, and the re-emergence of old threats, and discusses their role in society. 
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