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The Social Dimensions of AIDS: Method and Theory.

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Edited by Feldman Douglas A., Johnson Thomas M.. . 274 pages. Praeger Publishers; , New York: , 1986.. $37.95.

Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(5):818. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-105-5-818_1
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There is a need for a biopsychosocial approach to research into the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). This research is complicated by issues of confidentiality and discrimination. The disease is transmitted primarily by sexual contact and sharing of contaminated needles by intravenous drug users, methods of transmission that introduce inherently sensitive aspects into data-gathering by researchers and their subjects. Until now, no book has addressed the social dimensions of AIDS research.

Feldman and Johnson provide an overview of AIDS from the perspectives of anthropology, sociology, and epidemiology. The topics range from an analysis of how AIDS was covered in The New


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