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Dragon Within the Gates: The Once and Future AIDS Epidemic

Joseph, Stephen C.

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ISBN 10: 0786700335 / ISBN 13: 9780786700332
Published by Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1993
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Title: Dragon Within the Gates: The Once and Future...

Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers

Publication Date: 1993

Book Condition:Good

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A public health professor explains why he feels that the heterosexual middle class is not at risk for AIDS and how, by turning a public health crisis into a civil rights issue, politicians and activists have allowed the disease to spread. Original.

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Taking on those who have politicized the disease, Joseph, a former New York City health commissioner and now dean of the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health, offers a spirited defense of his handling of AIDS matters and a compelling argument for further public health measures. A straight shooter, he presents himself as a concerned scientist in a political thicket: while gay activists decry the tracing of AIDS-afflicted people's sexual partners as potentially repressive, Joseph sees it as a routine public health procedure. Black and Hispanic leaders, he claims, responded late to AIDS and remained suspicious of white health officials; they opposed Joseph's 1986 plan to distribute clean needles to drug addicts, which was adopted after he left office. Discounting popular beliefs about scientific stumbling, he suggests that researchers know a great deal more about AIDS now than they did a decade ago. Still, with no cure or vaccine in sight, only controversial public health measures like contact-tracing and the developing drugs that block transmission--a goal he argues is closer at hand than a cure--can vitiate what Joseph predicts will be significant harm inflicted by AIDS on gay and minority communities, as well as the New York City economy.
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