. Clio Intervenes

Peter Baldwin

in Disease and Democracy

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780520243507
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940796 | DOI:
. Clio Intervenes

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This chapter discusses the developed countries' approaches to public health with regard to HIV/AIDS control and prevention. It describes the similarities and differences of the approaches taken by developed countries. The past played a larger role than might have been realized by the public health authorities who faced the epidemic and took decisions in the trenches. Each nation reacted in surprisingly different ways to the illness. Each followed a style of prevention largely similar to that adopted during the nineteenth century against the classic contagious diseases. The one exception was non-Bavarian Germany, which carefully sought to avoid measures that resonated with the Nazi past.

Keywords: AIDS; HIV; public health; disease control; disease prevention; developed countries

Chapter.  7041 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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