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AIDS in the UK : the making of policy, 1981-1994

Author: Virginia Berridge
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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(The Lesbian and Gay Bereavement Project was probably the first "explicitly gay" charity to be registered in England and Wales.) However, what she has to say about the politics of the THT is both much more interesting and (in my view) closer to reality than, for example, Simon Garfield s account ("The Age of Innocence", Faber and Faber) of the same events. The central theme of the book is how, in her view, UK public
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Virginia Berridge
ISBN: 0198204736 9780198204732 0198204728 9780198204725
OCLC Number: 243840317
Description: XIV, 389 Seiten
Responsibility: Virginia Berridge.
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This volume records the speed and nature of the public and official response to AIDS in the UK, describing how, in less than 15 years, a network of organizations developed, devoted to the study,  Read more...

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a wide range of sources - including interviews with activists, acaemics, doctors and senior government officials - means that it casts light on a range of issues thrown up by the Aids crisis ... An Read more...

 
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    schema:description "She finds it paradoxical that France defined a policy delay in introducing HIV tests for blood donations as a criminal matter, while a similar delay in the UK is seen as a policy success. While Berridge did not have official access to government papers, she gives a strong account of the evolution of the Expert Advisory Group on AIDS and its changing role over time. She also analyses the Medical Research Council s response in a way which could be helpful in thinking about research funding strategies. Berridge concludes that as AIDS policy in the 1990s has slipped down the political agenda, so it falls from the "liberal medical elite" grasp and becomes cruder and more coercive. Will this really happen? The most committed interest groups will always remain those infected and affected, including those medical professionals who choose to work for them. If AIDS should rise again on the policy agenda, where else can government turn for serious help? Julian Meldrum (Aug. 1998)." ;
    schema:description "This is the best and most interesting history that has yet appeared of the UK response to AIDS. It is an oral history, well-referenced (and indexed) and vigorously argued, naming names. Virginia Berridge carried out her research with the AIDS Social History Programme at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, funded by the Nuffield Provincial Hospitals Trust. The author stresses there is no such thing as a definitive history. She has inevitably made some mistakes and many of her conclusions will be controversial, although they are interesting. She has worked very hard to challenge the rewriting that occurs everywhere. For example, Berridge was simply mistaken to cite the Terrence Higgins Trust, as the first "explicitly gay" organisation registered by the UK Charity Commission. The THT s name, constitution and founding trustees all defined it as an HIV organisation blind to issues of sexuality.-" ;
    schema:description "(The Lesbian and Gay Bereavement Project was probably the first "explicitly gay" charity to be registered in England and Wales.) However, what she has to say about the politics of the THT is both much more interesting and (in my view) closer to reality than, for example, Simon Garfield s account ("The Age of Innocence", Faber and Faber) of the same events. The central theme of the book is how, in her view, UK public policy was mapped by a liberal-minded medical elite to the exclusion of players who, in the ideological climate of the times, might have been expected to take a greater part in events. She contrasts UK policy with Swedish and Cuban approaches which, in their own terms she suggests have been equally successful. Berridge comments on how genito-urinary medicine, in particular, took ownership" of AIDS in the UK to an extent that was unusual elsewhere in the world.-" ;
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