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Author Parsonson, Ian M.

Title Syphilis and AIDS : historical and social comparisons / Ian Malcolm Parsonson
Published [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1992


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 W'PONDS  362.1969513 Par/Saa  AVAILABLE
Description iii, 137 leaves ; 30 cm
Summary "Drawing on the literatures of history, sociology, epidemiology, and microbiology, this thesis compares syphillis with human immunodeficiency virus, with special reference to the social and historical factors likely to be relevant to the control or eradication of acquired imune dificiency syndrom (AIDS). The sudden appearance of a new disease causing suffering and death in a community, engenders apprehension and fear which is often manifested as hysteria against, and vilification of, those who have the disease. This fear is greatly increased should the disease be sexually-transmitted. Syphilis in a venereal form, occured in Europe toward the end of the 15th Century. Initially it was an acute, fulminating disease which rapidly spread through Europe and Asia. Attempts to control the disease have gone through periods of either partial successes or massive failures and have ended in frustration for the authorities. When the syndrome of acquired immune deficiency (AIDS) was first reported, it was seen in Western countries in homosexual men. However, as non-homosexual community members and children became infected, it became apparent to authorities that a pandemic was accurring. Within a few years, the disease was identified worldwide. Isolation of the virus (HIV-1), and development of test for detection of carriers, plus restoration of clean blood and blood-product supplies, have reassured the community to some extent. The history of syphilis shows that neither the epidemiological medical, nor the economic political approaches to disease control work, although there are positive aspects resulting from both. It is social responses that will offer the most hope in the long term for the control of AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases." --p.i
Notes Submitted to the Faculty of Humanities, Deakin University
Thesis (M.A.)--Deakin University, Victoria, 1992
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject AIDS (Disease)
Genre/Form Academic theses.
Author Deakin University. Faculty of Humanities.