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Flexible Bodies. the role of immunity in American culture from the days of polio to the age of AIDS


Martin, Emily
Flexible Bodies. the role of immunity in American culture from the days of polio to the age of AIDS
ISBN: 0807046272
Book Number: 48640
Beacon Press 1994 8vo softcover 320pp. Index, b/w illus. fine. From Booklist: Basing her intriguing book on the responses of both nonscientists and scientists (who vary greatly socially, politically, and in income-levels) to a survey concerned with knowledge of the immune system and also on radio and TV reporting and magazine and book literature, Martin shows how views of the immune system have changed during the course of a half century. Her presentation becomes especially provocative as it turns to the current scene. For just as businesses now seek more employee flexibility so that they--the businesses--can adjust quickly to changing conditions, her respondents expect more flexibility from the human immune system. Martin points out the disturbing implications of the belief that individuals can train their immune systems like businesses train employees and that groups of persons can be ranked in society by the quality of their immune systems. Enhanced by illustrations from many sources, her effort will make an excellent focus for study and discussion groups. William Beatty.
Keywords: american culture anthropology
Price: $12.00