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Vol 21 No 8 Aug/Sept 2016

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Blood Feuds New ed

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ISBN13: 9780195131604
ISBN: 0195131606
Published: December 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
Price: £28.49



In the mid-1980s public health officials in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia discovered that almost half of the haemophiliac population, as well as tens of thousands of blood transfusion recipients, had been infected with HIV-tainted blood. This book provides a comparative perspective on the political, legal and social struggles that emerged in response to the HIV contamination of the industrialized world's blood supply. It describes how eight nations responded to the first signs that AIDS might be transmitted through blood, and how they falteringly arrived at and finally implemented measures to secure the blood supply. The authors detail the saga of the mobilization of haemophiliacs who challenged the state, the medical establishment and even their own caregivers as they sought recompense and justice. In the end, the blood establishments in almost every advanced industrial nation were shaken. In Canada, the Red Cross was forced to withdraw from blood collection and distribution. In Japan, pharmaceutical firms that manufactured clotting factor agreed to massive compensation - 500,000 dollars per haemophiliac infected.

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Contents:
Part I: National Encounters with Blood and AIDS; 1: Ronald Bayer and Eric Feldman: Introduction: Understanding the Blood Feuds; 2: Ronald Bayer: Blood and AIDS in America: Science, Politics, and the Making of an Iatrogenic Catastrophe; 3: Eric Feldman: HIV and Blood in Japan: Transforming Private Conflict into Public Scandal; 4: Monika Steffen: The Nations Blood: Medicine, Justice, and the State in France; 5: Norbert Gilmore and Margaret Somerville: From Trust to Tragedy: HIV/AIDS and the Canadian Blood System; 6: Erik Albaek: The Never-Ending Story? The Political and Legal Controversies over HIV and the Blood Supply in Denmark; 7: Stephan Dressler: Blood Scandal and AIDS in Germany; 8: Umberto Izzo: Blood, Bureaucracy and Law: Responding to the HIV-Tainted Blood in Italy; 9: John Ballard: HIV-Contaminated Blood and Australian Policy: The Limits of Success
Part II: Comparative Perspectives on the Politics of Medical Disaster; 10: Dorothy Nelkin: Cultural Perspectives on Blood; 11: David Kirp: The Politics of Blood: Hemophilia Activism in the AIDS Crisis; 12: Sherry Glied: The Circulation of the Blood: AIDS, Blood and the Economics of Information; 13: Theodore Marmor, Stephen Scher, and Patricia Dillon: Conclusion: The Comparative Politics of Contaminated Blood: From Hesitancy to Scandal.