Book ID: CBB145222575

Mapping AIDS: Visual Histories of an Enduring Epidemic (2018)


Engelmann, Lukas (Author)

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 266 pp.
Language: English

In this innovative study, Lukas Engelmann examines visual traditions in modern medical history through debates about the causes, impact and spread of AIDS. Utilising medical AIDS atlases produced between 1986 and 2008 for a global audience, Engelmann argues that these visual textbooks played a significant part in the establishment of AIDS as a medical phenomenon. However, the visualisations risked obscuring the social, cultural and political complexity of AIDS history. Photographs of patients were among the earliest responses to the mysterious syndrome, cropped and framed to deliver a visible characterisation of AIDS to a medical audience. Maps then offered an abstracted image of the regions invaded by the epidemic, while the icon of the virus aspired to capture the essence of AIDS. The epidemic's history is retold through clinical photographs, epidemiological maps and icons of HIV, asking how this devastating epidemic has come to be seen as a controllable chronic condition.

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Review Janet Greenlees (October 2022) Review of "Mapping AIDS: Visual Histories of an Enduring Epidemic". Technology and Culture (pp. 1229-1230). unapi

Review Ketil Slagstad (2019) Review of "Mapping AIDS: Visual Histories of an Enduring Epidemic". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 865-866). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
McKay, Richard A.
Desowitz, Robert S.
Dodier, Nicolas
Werner, Georges H.
Little, Lester K.
Nattrass, Nicoli
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Revue d'Histoire de la Pharmacie
Past and Present
American Ethnologist
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Social Studies of Science
The University of North Carolina Press
W. W. Norton & Co.
Columbia University Press
Manchester University Press
University of Chicago Press
Oxford University Press
AIDS (disease); HIV / AIDS
Public health
Human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV)
Diamond, Hugh Welch
Rosenberg, Charles E.
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
United States
South Africa
Latin America
Great Britain

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