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In Time of Plague

Engels | Paperback | 9780814754856 | 218 pagina's

Arien Mack - 9780814754856


Engels | Paperback | 9780814754856 | 218 pagina's

Plague. The word itself is like a blow, connoting misery, miasma and death. Plague takes many forms: influenza, typhus, cholera, the Black Death, and, recently, AIDS. AIDS has reminded us that epidemic infectious disease is not simply a historical phenomenon or one limited like famine to remote continents and is a vivid and painful illustration of how epidemics take place at a number of levels biological event, social perception, collective response, and, finally, the individual, the existential and the moral. In Time of Plagueexamines the many ways in which catastrophic infectious and contagious diseases are both biologically and socially defined. In the politically charged age of AIDS, In Time of Plague analyzes what past epidemics tell us about this new, deadly virus: How has the definition of disease differed throughout history? How have new technologies and advances in epidemiology changed our perception and response to disease? When has quarantine been appropriate or effective? What norms should govern our thinking about responsibility, culpability, legality, and confidentiality? What does society owe the victims? What, in turn, are the responsibilities of the carrier population? Featuring essays by such distinguished scholars as Lewis Thomas, Joshua Lederberg, Dorothy Nelkin, Sander Gilman, Barbara Guttmann Rosenkrantz, Baruch S. Blumberg, George Kateb, and David A. J. Richards, among others, from a wide range of disciplines, this work seeks to answer some of these pressing questions.




In Time of Plague Engels | Paperback | 9780814754856 | 218 pagina's
Verschijningsdatumjuni 1992
Aantal pagina's218 pagina's
Auteur(s)Arien Mack
RedacteurArien Mack
UitgeverNew York University Press
Extra groot lettertypeNee
Gewicht295 g
Verpakking breedte152 mm
Verpakking hoogte13 mm
Verpakking lengte229 mm

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