1st Edition

When AIDS Began San Francisco and the Making of an Epidemic

By Michelle Cochrane Copyright 2004
    290 Pages 6 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    290 Pages 6 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    By examining the early outbreaks in San Francisco, Cochrane unfolds the "creation" of AIDS in one geographic location and then traces how and why major claims about the transmission of HIV were made, extrapolated and then disseminated to the rest of the world - all important factors in understanding this disease.

    List of Tables and Illustrations Glossary Acknowledgments < br>PREFACE CHAPTER I The Sociology of Knowledge on HIV and AIDS CHAPTER II The Medicalization of Gay Desire in San Francisco (1974-1983) CHAPTER III The Early Demographics of AIDS: Case Studies of The First Nine Gay Male AIDS Cases in San Francisco CHAPTER IV More Gay Men Reported With AIDS in San Francisco: 15 Case Studies from 1981 CHAPTER V The Mechanics of AIDS Surveillance: An Historical Critique of The Demography of Risk CHAPTER VI AIDS Surveillance Statistics: Changing The Subjects and Object of Study CHAPTER VII Conclusion Notes Works Cited Index


    Michelle Cochrane received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley and has taught at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles

    "Excellent-controversial, argumentative, and extremely well researched, When AIDS Began brings a hidden trove of information on the handling of the first cases of AIDS in San Francisco out to the light of day. Fascinating in its detailed accounts of these first stories and how surveillance workers actually make their decisions on who has HIV or AIDS and why. There isn't another book like it." -- -Nancy E. Stoller, author of Lessons From the Damned: Queers, Whores, and Junkies Respond to AIDS
    "At last an impeccably researched book on AIDS that critically examines the untested assumptions and misleading language that were built into the very fabric of AIDS research from its outset. A must read for anyone interested in the ways that linguistic, sociological and anthropological issues structure the nature of medical investigation and the way we think about disease." -- -Robert Root-Bernstein, author of Rethinking AIDS: The Tragic Cost of Premature Consensus
    "Cochrane's powerful book revisits a crucial turning point in recent history-the birth of the AIDS epidemic and the discursive formation that arose so quickly to encompass it. Erudite and unsettling, her work disrupts our certainties and shows how rapidly this apparatus congealed." -- -Paul Rabinow, author of Anthropos Today: Reflections on Modern Equipment