RDS Volume 2, No. 3

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    Book Review: A History of AIDS Social Work in Hospitals: A Daring Response to an Epidemic
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2006) Linn, J. Gary
    Editors: Barbara I. Willinger and Alan Rice Reviewer: J. Gary Linn, Ph.D., Professor, School of Nursing and Center for Health Research, Tennessee State University Publisher: Binghamton, NY: Haworth, 2003 Paper, ISBN: 0 7890-1587-0, 360 pages Cost: $39.95
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    Book Review: Helping Your Teenager Beat Depression: A Problem–Solving Approach for Families
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2006) Gerum, Shirley
    Authors: Katharina Manassis and Anne Marie Levac Reviewer: Shirley Gerum, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa Publisher: Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2004 Paper, ISBN: 1-890627-49-6, 201 pages Cost: $19.95
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    Book Review: The Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook, A Guide to Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2006) Guinan, Martha
    Author: Joan E. Guthrie Medlen, R.D., L.D. Reviewer: Martha Guinan, MPH, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawai`i Publisher: Baltimore: Woodbine House, 2002 Paper, ISBN: 1-890627-23-2, 352 pages Cost: $19.95
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    Disability Studies and Disaster Services: Putting the “DS” in “DS”
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2006) Johnstone, Christopher
    This article is a synopsis of articles found in this special issue of the Review of Disability Studies that focused on disability and disaster. In this article, information is gleaned and summarized from all the historical, research, and current events discussed in this issue. As part of the synopsis, the question is posed, “How can Disability Studies, as an academic and social endeavor, inform disaster services?” Examples from various articles are provided to inform readers how “DS” (disability studies) might influence “DS” (disaster services).
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    Politics and the Pandemic: HIV/AIDS, Africa, and the Discourse of Disability
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2006) Behling, Laura L.
    In 2004, Africa News filed a report on then12-year old William Msechu, a young African who lost both of his parents to AIDS in 1999. He, too, was HIV positive. Msechu is characterized as a “very bright boy,” although, the article reports, he is “yet to come to terms with his HIV status.” “’I was told that I have tuberculosis and I am getting better,’” the article quotes William as saying to journalists (“HIV-AIDS and STDs,” 2004). William Msechu’s disbelief at having contracted HIV is unremarkable; persons diagnosed with severe diseases, including HIV/AIDS, often work through denial and incredulity. Just as unremarkable, however, is Msechu’s contention that he had not tested positive for HIV, but rather, had contracted tuberculosis, another widespread disease but not nearly as stigmatizing as HIV/AIDS. Substituting “tuberculosis” for “HIV” may be an affirming measure for Msechu, but it also provides one more example of the rhetorical slipperiness that historically, and still continues to accompany, the HIV/AIDS pandemic.