Faculty Book: Gerald M. Oppenheimer

Gerald M. Oppenheimer and Ronald Bayer

Shattered Dreams? An Oral History of the South African AIDS Epidemic
(Oxford University Press, 2007)

On April 27th, 1994, the first democratic election in South Africa ended 46 years of Apartheid. But, at the very moment of transition, the seeds of the world’s most catastrophic AIDS epidemic had already been sown. Since the epidemic's onset, more than 1,000,000 South African men, women, and children have died. The national government finally committed itself, in 2003, to making anti-retroviral drugs available to those whose lives hung in the balance and a halting rollout of drug treatment began. Based on interviews from the great urban centers, provincial centers, and rural villages, this book captures the experience of health care workers as they confronted indifference from colleagues, opposition from superiors, unexpected resistance from the country's political leaders, and material scarcity that was both the legacy of Apartheid and a consequence of the global power of the international pharmaceutical industry. Gerald Oppenheimer is a professor of history at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: JUN 4, 2007

Category: Faculty Books, History