AIDS at 30 by Victoria A. Harden
A History

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Society was not prepared in 1981 for the appearance of a new infectious disease, but we have since learned that emerging and reemerging diseases will continue to challenge humanity. AIDS at 30 is the first history of HIV/AIDS written for a general audience that emphasizes the medical response to the epidemic.

Award-winning medical historian Victoria A. Harden approaches the AIDS virus from philosophical and intellectual perspectives in the history of medical science, discussing the process of scientific discovery, scientific evidence, and how laboratories found the cause of AIDS and developed therapeutic interventions. Similarly, her book places AIDS as the first infectious disease to be recognized simultaneously worldwide as a single phenomenon.

After years of believing that vaccines and antibiotics would keep deadly epidemics away, researchers, doctors, patients, and the public were forced to abandon the arrogant assumption that they had conquered infectious diseases. By presenting an accessible discussion of the history of HIV/AIDS and analyzing how aspects of society advanced or hindered the response to the disease, AIDS at 30 illustrates for both medical professionals and general readers how medicine identifies and evaluates new infectious diseases quickly and what political and cultural factors limit the medical community’s response.
 

About Victoria A. Harden

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Victoria A. Harden retired in 2006 after twenty years as the founding director of the Office of NIH History at the National Institutes of Health. She has written numerous articles about AIDS and has lectured widely on its history. Dr. Harden is the author of "Inventing the NIH: Federal Biomedical Research Policy, 1887 1937" (1986) and "Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: History of a Twentieth-Century Disease" (1990), the latter winning the Henry Adams Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government. She received the American Historical Association 's 2006 Herbert Feis Award for outstanding contributions to public history. In 2007 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for the History of Medicine. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.
 
Published January 31, 2012 by Potomac Books Inc.. 340 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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“As the AIDS epidemic enters its fourth decade, AIDS-related deaths have stabilized in most regions of the world, except for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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“As the AIDS epidemic enters its fourth decade, AIDS-related deaths have stabilized in most regions of the world, except for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In North America and Western Europe, the death rate has actually declined. THE UNAIDS Global Report of 2010 gave a very ambitious goal of z...

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