AIDS, Rhetoric, and Medical Knowledge - Alex Preda (book review)

Rosengarten, Marsha. 2006. AIDS, Rhetoric, and Medical Knowledge - Alex Preda (book review). British Journal of Sociology, 57(4), pp. 728-730. ISSN 0007-1315 [Article]

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I opened this text with much anticipation, assuming that at last I would be in possession of a contemporary critique of HIV in the spirit of earlier contributors such as Paula Treichler and Donna Haraway but with a more update and appropriately adjusted analytic. Possibly the emphasis on AIDS rather than HIV or HIV/AIDS in the title should have been a warning that the focus is on the period leading up to, but not extending to, the watershed that has taken place whereby the advent of HIV combination antiretroviral drug therapies is considered by many to have potentially transformed HIV from a terminal infection to a chronic disease. Indeed, the book opens with a description of advertisements promoting the use of condoms in Germany and, remarkably, fails to provide a date. From the outset, it seems Preda is unaware that historical context matters in a discussion of HIV science.

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Sociology > Centre for Study of Invention and Social Process (CSISP) [2003-2015]


November 2006Published

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08 Jan 2010 11:37

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07 Jul 2017 12:26

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