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Kaufman, Joan; Arthur Kleinman; Tony Saich (eds)
AIDS and Social Policy in China
Harvard University Asia Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2006, 292 pp
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Part of the Asia Public Policy Series. Contributors: Paul Farmer, Joan Kaufman, Arthur Kleinman, Tony Saich, Kathrine Meyers, Yuanli Liu, Fujie Zhang, Michael Hsu, Lan Yu, Yi Wen, Jennifer Pan, Jean-François Dechamp and Odilon Couzin, Jun Jing, Thomas Cai, Ray Yip, William L. Parish, Suiming Pan, Theodore M. Hammett, Yi Chen, Doan Ngu, Dao Dinh Cuong, Ly Kieu Van, Wei Liu,
Meng Donghua, Hoang Ngoc Quyen, Robert S. Broadhead, Don C. Des Jarlais, Xiaomei Ru, Andy West and Kate Wedgwood.


"We are just now learning about China’s epidemic. The English-language bibliography on AIDS in China is growing rapidly, but it remains small, and interdisciplinary work that would inform a properly biosocial analysis of AIDS in China is vanishingly rare. A deep understanding of China’s AIDS epidemic is both daunting and urgent. It is daunting because capturing the sort of complexity mentioned above is still a nascent art in the epidemiology of infectious disease. Reliable data are often hard to come by. An honest and comprehensive picture of the dynamics of the AIDS epidemic in China will necessarily draw on the work not only of epidemiologists and infectious disease experts, but also of anthropologists, historians, and those familiar with the economic and health policies adopted and implemented (again, unequally by region and economic stratum) in recent years. These biosocial complexities are best examined as continuous processes because they change constantly, and often quickly. Why is it so urgent that we have a proper biosocial understanding of AIDS in China? Obviously, a sound understanding of AIDS in China is essential to planning effective medical and public health responses. Although China’s is an immature epidemic, there are probably already as many people living with HIV in China as in the United States, where the epidemic began decades ago. A proper biosocial analysis of AIDS in China can guide China’s policies on this and other epidemic diseases. A multidisciplinary study, as described above, including practitioners and policy makers (as well as addressing them) is what is needed. This is just such a book. The editors have done us all a great service in bringing the English-speaking world a biosocial look at AIDS in China."

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