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- DescriptionIn the short, turbulent history of AIDS research and treatment, the boundaries between scientist insiders and lay outsiders have been crisscrossed to a degree never before seen in medical history. Steven Epstein's astute and readable investigation focuses on the critical question of how certainty is constructed or deconstructed, leading us through the views of medical researchers, activists, policy makers, and others to discover how kwledge about AIDS emerges out of what he calls credibility struggles. Epstein shows the extent to which AIDS research has been a social and political phemen and how the AIDS movement has transformed biomedical research practices through its capacity to garner credibility by vel strategies. Epstein finds that nscientist AIDS activists have gained eugh of a voice in the scientific world to shape NIH--sponsored research to a remarkable extent. Because of the blurring of roles and responsibilities, the production of biomedical kwledge about AIDS does t, he says, follow the pathways common to science; indeed, AIDS research can only be understood as a field that is unusually broad, public, and contested. He concludes by analyzing recent moves to democratize biomedicine, arguing that although AIDS activists have set the stage for new challenges to scientific authority, all social movements that seek to democratize expertise face unusual difficulties. Avoiding polemics and accusations, Epstein provides a benchmark account of the AIDS epidemic to date, one that will be as useful to activists, policy makers, and general readers as to sociologists, physicians, and scientists.
- Author BiographySteven Epstein is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. The work on which this book is based won the American Sociological Association's award for best dissertation of the year.
- Author(s)Steven Epstein
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication10/09/1998
- SubjectClinical Medicine: Professional
- Series TitleMedicine and Society S.
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 7
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note1 b/w illustration, 4 yables
- Weight485 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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