Synopses & Reviews
Since its appearance in the United States, AIDS has been called a plague. Yet when we view AIDS in the cultural context of other diseases named as plagues throughout history, it reveals that many diseases become plagues because they are associated with unaccepted behaviors and marginalized groups. This book explores how the cultural process of making any disease a plague results in discrimination against certain groups, as it has for those with AIDS in America. Gina M. Bright here captures the discrimination produced by plague-making in her analysis and her portraits of the people she has cared for with AIDS over the past quarter-century.
About the Author
Gina M. Bright is an oncology nurse and continues to work with people with AIDS. She has been a registered nurse for 25 years and holds a PhD in English literature from Lehigh University. She has published articles for nurses and serves as the editor for the Transcultural Nursing Issues newsletter. This is her first book. She lives in Norfolk, VA, with her husband, Mike, and dog, Wat.
Table of Contents
PART I: Introduction * Why I Wrote this Book * What Is Plague? * PART II: Bubonic Plague * Fourteenth-Century Europe * Fifteenth- through Seventeenth-Century Europe * The Nineteenth through Twentieth Centuries * PART III: The Emergence of AIDS * The Making of a Plague (1981-86) * Solidifying Plague (1987-89) * Living with Plague (1990-94) * PART IV: The Endurance of AIDS * Reflections (1995-2000) * Reticence (2001-2010) * Conclusions: The Legacy of Plague-Making