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Shattered Dreams?: An Oral History of the South African AIDS Epidemic

Gerald M. Oppenheimer and Ronald Bayer


This book is an oral history of how committed doctors and nurses in South Africa struggled to ride the tiger of the world's most catastrophic AIDS epidemic. Based on more than 250 hours of interviews with almost 90 physicians and nurses—black, Indian, and white, gay and heterosexual—it seeks to capture the understandings of these health care providers as they confronted indifference, opposition, resistance, and material scarcity that was both a legacy of apartheid and a consequence of the global power of the international pharmaceutical industry. While there was in South Africa an epidemic amo ... More

Keywords: AIDS, epidemic, South Africa, history, oral ristory, anti-retroviral treatment, physicians, nurses

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195307306
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307306.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerald M. Oppenheimer, author
Brooklyn College, and Graduate Center, City University, New York

Ronald Bayer, author
Columbia University