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AIDS, rhetoric, and medical knowledge

Author: Alex Preda
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book examines the formation of scientific knowledge about the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and shows the broader cultural assumptions on which this knowledge is grounded. Alex Preda highlights the metaphors, narratives, and classifications that framed scientific hypotheses about the nature of the infectious agent and its means of transmission and compares these arguments with those used in the scientific  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Preda
ISBN: 0521837707 9780521837705
OCLC Number: 54822198
Description: xi, 276 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: AIDS and scientific knowledge --
Making up the rules of seeing : opportunistic infections and the new syndrome --
The economy of risk categories --
The etiologic agent and the rhetoric of scientific debate --
Retrovirus vs. retrovirus : the arguments for HTLV-III, LAV, and HIV --
The spatial configurations of AIDS risk --
Who is how much : from qualities to quantities of AIDS risk --
In lieu of a conclusion : do rhetorical practices matter?
Responsibility: Alex Preda.
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This 2005 book shows how scientific knowledge about epidemics is shaped by the broader culture of advanced societies.  Read more...

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