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Plague Doctors highlights culturally based differences between French and American medicine, not only in health care delivery, but in the way each system constructs the interaction between disease and the human body.

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Introduction Theory, Method and Context Cultural Construction--Choosing Among Stories Surveying the Contextual Ground Constructing AIDS The Building Blocks of AIDS The Stories of AIDS--Natural History and Staging Treatment Paradoxes and Patients' Stories AIDS as Constructor AIDS Bodies, AIDS Patients Health Care and Medical Practice Good Science, Bad Science Identity and the AIDS Doctor Medical Differences, Different Medicines The French Are Different: French and American Medicine in the Context of AIDS Conclusions Appendix: Statistical Description of Informants Glossary of Terms Bibliography Index

About the Author

JAMIE L. FELDMAN has a doctorate in anthropology and is a resident physician in Family Practice at Lutheran General Hospital in Illinois. She has published on the Gallo-Montagnier dispute over HIV and is currently researching patient models of AIDS/HIV. Her other publications have examined biomedicine from a cross-cultural point of view.

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"This research-based scholarly book is essential reading for a wide range of persons. The medical specialist and the internist, nurse and public health professional, researcher and international health analyst, the pharmacist and student, as well as educated AIDS patients will find in it new perspectives and valuable information. The work makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of AIDS and of ourselves as well."-Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal
"How the medical community defines and responds to differences between AIDS and other diseases lies at the heart of this volume...This book's primary aim is to develop an understanding of AIDS and the medical community in situ, rather than isolated from its social, historical, or political contexts while contributing to an anthropological understanding of the biomedical world."-Choice
?How the medical community defines and responds to differences between AIDS and other diseases lies at the heart of this volume...This book's primary aim is to develop an understanding of AIDS and the medical community in situ, rather than isolated from its social, historical, or political contexts while contributing to an anthropological understanding of the biomedical world.?-Choice
?This research-based scholarly book is essential reading for a wide range of persons. The medical specialist and the internist, nurse and public health professional, researcher and international health analyst, the pharmacist and student, as well as educated AIDS patients will find in it new perspectives and valuable information. The work makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of AIDS and of ourselves as well.?-Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal

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