No Magic Bullet A Social History of Venereal Disease in the United States Since 1880
Edition: 2nd 1987 (Enlarged)
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Description: From Victorian anxieties about syphilis to the current hysteria over herpes and AIDS, the history of venereal disease in America forces us to examine social attitudes as well as purely medical concerns. In No Magic Bullet, Allan M. Brandt recounts the various medical, military, and public health responses that have arisen over the years--a broad spectrum that ranges from the incarceration of prostitutes during World War I to the establishment of required premarital blood tests. Brandt demostrates that Americans' concerns about venereal disease have centered around a set of social and cultural values related to sexuality, gender, ethnicity, and class. At the heart of our efforts to combat these infections, he argues, has been the tendency to view venereal disease as both a punishment for sexual misconduct and an index of social decay. This tension between medical and moral approaches has significantly impeded efforts to develop "magic bullets"--drugs that would rid us of the disease--as well as effective policies for controlling the infections' spread.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/15/1987
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
|Preface to the Expanded Edition|
|Ntroduction: Sex, Disease, and Medicine|
|"Damaged Goods": Progressive Medicine and Social Hygiene|
|"Fit to Fight": the Commission on Training Camp Activities|
|"The Cleanest Army in the World": Venereal Disease and the Aef|
|"Shadow on the Land": Thomas Parran and the New Deal|
|Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet: Venereal Disease in the Age of Antibiotics|
|"Plagues and Peoples": the Aids Epidemic|
|Note on Sources|