In this Book
- An Epidemic of Rumors: How Stories Shape Our Perception of Disease
- Published by: University Press of Colorado
Folklore studies brings important and useful perspectives to understanding cultural responses to the outbreak of disease. Through this etiological study Lee shows the similarities between the narratives of the SARS outbreak and the narratives of other contemporary disease outbreaks like AIDS and the H1N1 virus. His analysis suggests that these disease narratives do not spring up with new outbreaks or diseases but are in continuous circulation and are recycled opportunistically. Lee also explores whether this predictability of vernacular disease narratives presents the opportunity to create counter-narratives released systematically from the government or medical science to stymie the negative effects of the fearful rumors that so often inflame humanity.
With potential for practical application to public health and health policy, An Epidemic of Rumors will be of interest to students and scholars of health, medicine, and folklore.
Table of Contents
- Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
- pp. i-vi
- pp. vii-viii
- pp. ix-xiv
- 1. Chronicle of a Health Panic
- pp. 8-57
- Epilogue: ...And the World Moved On?
- pp. 182-186
- pp. 192-214
- About the Author
- p. 215
- pp. 216-219