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Title:Social history, biology, and the emergence of HIV in colonial Africa
Editor:Giles-Vernick, TamaraISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:The Journal of African History (ISSN 0021-8537)
Volume:54
Issue:1
Pages:11-30
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:AIDS
medical history
social history
Link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021853713000029
Abstract:This essay considers how historians of Africa can draw from and critically contribute to biomedical debates. Recent virological research has established that the HIV/AIDS pandemic began with the passage of simian immunodeficiency viruses into human populations in the first half of the twentieth century. Current debates on the emergence of HIV are an opportunity for historians to engage with biomedical research to rethink social, political, and environmental histories of Africa. While biomedical writings focus on HIV 'origins', the authors propose a broader look at the historical changes associated with the beginnings of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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