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The Epidemic: A Global History of AIDS By Jonathan Engel,

  • Title: The Epidemic: A Global History of AIDS
  • Author: Jonathan Engel
  • ISBN: 9780061144882
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 radical edges of the ACT UP movement as well as the conservative religious leaders who thoughFrom 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 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.
    The Epidemic A Global 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

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    1. I do not recommend this book as a comprehensive history of the AIDS pandemic, as promised in the title, and still less as an introduction to the subject Engel, a graduate of Yale s history of medicine program, covers an interesting spread of issues, but at least a moderate amount of background reading on HIV AIDS, particularly the early history of the disease in the US, is absolutely essential for wading through this decidedly mixed bag The book suffers from a muddled treatment of important subj [...]

    2. This book is a summary of AIDS and its spread around the world, primarily in the post 1980 period The book seems divided into three sections first, with the outbreak of AIDs in New York City and San Francisco among gay men The second section is mostly devoted to a history of studying AIDS itself the laborious process of identifying HIV, its genetic structure, its method of reproduction, and the search for a cure The third section is roughly devoted to histories of AIDS around the world, with cha [...]

    3. I started reading Jonathan Engel s The Epidemic A Global History of AIDS, because I am still looking for information about the spread if HIV that s not focused primarily on the US, or on the origins of AIDS, which tend to end once the virus reaches American soil The story of how the epidemic started, how it spread through west and central Africa, and how it reached the US is pretty clear to me at this point, as are many of the details of the battle to identify the caused and contain the epidemic [...]

    4. AIDS is strangely preventable, yet stubbornly resistant to modern medical intervention The virus has proven itself a formidable foe, evading vaccines and antidotes, while mocking our own imprudence It has exposed much of what is worst in human nature, while giving us little opportunity to shine It is a mirror that selectively reflects our ugliest warts and deepest weaknesses Overall, this book provided a competent social and medical overview of the first twenty years of the AIDS pandemic However [...]

    5. Excellent book about AIDS that starts with the American epidemic and expands outwards for a carefully paced and laid out global overview, with a great job detailing the different challenges faced due to cultural differences Fascinating emphasis placed on the dangers of politicizing the disease from both liberal and conservative sides The layout of the book was one that I thought was very interesting Rather than attempting to go through issues chronologically, which would ve been extremely diffic [...]

    6. RESEARCH BOOK.There s a great deal of information here but Engel isn t great about keeping the ball rolling without feeling bogged down or repetitive It took me forever to read, even though I m incredibly interested in the AIDS pandemic There definitely seems to be an emphasis on downplaying current threats to general populations, which has some root in reality but only, in my opinion, serves to further marginalize high risk groups and third world nations I was also uncomfortable with the spotli [...]

    7. Virology is something of a new interest for me, so I decided to look at one of the well known modern diseases I had read one or two historical books on smallpox the most compelling parts of which were the primary records of each individual case, and the hunt for the disease s cause and treatment Assuming that AIDS was at least as well documented, I picked up this book.Much to my disappointment, the books was less about the discovery and treatment of the disease and even less about individual ca [...]

    8. Very complete and detailed description of the history of the HIV virus, since the West African jungles, passing through Castro and NYC, until the disease became chronicle instead of a death sentence The way of telling the story is very engaging It includes all aspects of the disease impact in the world, talking about the social, political and economic impacts The only missing point is that the history doesn t get to the most recent innovations in the treatment such as PEP and PrEP, and Truvada.

    9. This was a carefully researched and easy to read history of the outbreak, discovery, and trajectory of HIV AIDS The author makes excellent use of quotes from his sources to allow politicians, advocates, and others speak for themselves I m no expert in the field, so I don t know how this book compares to any other books about the same topic, but I found the book extremely informative and readable I d recommend it to anyone interested in reading a fairly concise history of AIDS and the world s res [...]

    10. A comprehensive survey of the AIDS epidemic from its first detection in the 80s to the present Engel hits on the science and politics of AIDS, focusing on how various groups manipulated the crisis for their own ideological goals There s also a bit on the controversies within the scientific community over discovery and the eccentric denialism of molecular biologist Peter Duesberg.

    11. this was, by far, one of the best books that anyone can read about the history of HIV and AIDS it s not amerocentric, homocentric, or ethnocentric it gives a wonderful account of its discovery and origins something i am still curious about and how it has transformed public health i wish that there were a volume II to this book to help understand what has gone on since its publication.

    12. great information, but the narrative was disjointed i agree with other reviewers that engel often repeated himself i understand why he didn t tell the story in a linear way, but it did decrease the readability.

    13. Cool book Gave me a good understanding of the history of the politics of AIDS I would now feel comfortable learning about specific events in detail with regard to the AIDS issue Very sad at times Will probably use it as a reference later Thanks to Dr Henry for the book.

    14. Just, awful Seriously, this has got to be one of the most frustratingly written, intellectually limited, and just plain offensive books I ve ever read I am ashamed that this man came out of harvard s Hist of Sci undergrad and Yale s HSHM PhD program Just, plan awful

    15. Great summary of post GRID epidemic, made me uncomfortable frequently with frank discussion of at risk groups

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