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Plague-Making and the AIDS Epidemic: A Story of Discrimination

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gina M. Bright
      Pages 3-9
    3. Gina M. Bright
      Pages 11-21
  3. Bubonic Plague

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Gina M. Bright
      Pages 25-43
    3. Gina M. Bright
      Pages 59-69
  4. The Emergence of AIDS

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Gina M. Bright
      Pages 73-98
    3. Gina M. Bright
      Pages 99-116
    4. Gina M. Bright
      Pages 117-136
  5. The Endurance of AIDS

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Gina M. Bright
      Pages 139-154
    3. Gina M. Bright
      Pages 155-167
  6. Conclusions: The Legacy of Plague-Making

    1. Gina M. Bright
      Pages 169-173
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 175-207

About this book


This book explores how the cultural process of making any disease a "plague" results in discrimination against certain groups, as it has for those with AIDS in America. Gina M. Bright here captures the discrimination produced by plague-making in her analysis and her portraits of the people she has cared for with AIDS over the past quarter-century.


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About the authors

GINA M. BRIGHT is a senior oncology nurse at Virginia Oncology Associates, USA.

Bibliographic information


"Plague-Making and the AIDS Epidemic discusses and reviews how people diagnosed with AIDS were treated physically and emotionally by health care professionals, the media, and the lay public and compares AIDS with previous plagues. The outcome for people with AIDS has changed drastically over the last 30 years - health care providers and historians alike should read Bright's book."

Barbara Owens, registered nurse and associate professor (formerly at University of Texas, San Antonio)