- Series: Comparative Studies of Health Systems and Medical Care (Book 33)
- Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press (August 26, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520083431
- ISBN-13: 978-0520083431
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,366,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame (Comparative Studies of Health Systems and Medical Care)
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Physician and anthropologist Farmer studied the impact of AIDS on the impoverished people of Haiti, and his portrayal for his doctoral dissertation, of a small rural village--its clinic, religious life, folk healers, and voodoo beliefs--brings Haitian culture powerfully to life. He provides an extensive history of the country, finally exploring the connection between suffering and blame: Americans have blamed Haitians for "causing" AIDS, while Haitians have accused one another of "sending" it through sorcery. Rarely is a book based on a dissertation so engaging. Highly recommended for academic and subject collections.
- Judith Eannarino, Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"This superbly crafted volume is dedicated to explaining and refuting a popular U.S. Belief that AIDS came to the United States from Haiti. . . . Farmer has made an outstanding scholarly contribution to the 'anthropology of suffering, ' the assessment of illness as perceived and experienced by a patient embedded in an interlocking fabric of culture and history. "-- "Medical Anthropology Quarterly
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Farmer erects a national and cultural history to frame the discussion. Though the stated purpose of the book appears to be illustrative, he takes the opportunity to draw several conclusions regarding related topics. The subtitle of the book is predictive when characterizing these conclusions. Farmer recalls frequent detrimental Western, and particularly American, interventions into Haiti and he is quick to cast essentially the entirety of the blame for Haiti's hardship on these interactions. Though such criticisms are vogue, especially in academia, the accusations appear to reflect a primarily personal understanding of events at the expense of a more complex, and (perhaps saliently) less dramatic perspective.
Despite his ironic accusations, Farmer adds a heartbreaking intimacy to the story of Haitian HIV victims, and truly to the story of Haiti, herself.
He proposes an unconventional understanding of AIDS in Haiti, but his view is both powerful and beneficial. The compassion and humanity that are evident in Farmer's account are welcome additions to the body of literature on Haiti.
Additionally, on a medical note, Farmer makes a compelling epidemiologic case for an America-to-Haiti origin of HIV, though recent genetic studies have since supported the Africa-to-Haiti-to-America pathway. The issue has not been settled.