Eizu: nazo kyofu no shokogun [AIDS: a mysterious and terrifying syndrome]. Hiromi Matsui.
Eizu: nazo kyofu no shokogun [AIDS: a mysterious and terrifying syndrome]

Eizu: nazo kyofu no shokogun [AIDS: a mysterious and terrifying syndrome]

Tokyo: Toyodo Kikaku Shuppansha, 1983. Paperback. 152p., text in Japanese, photos, very good first edition trade paperback in wraps.

Author is a Japanese PhD of medicine. She writes about her interest in the mysterious disease of AIDS, how the pathogen is still undetermined, how there are various theories (Pentagon product, Soviet plot, anti-gay, etc). Contents: What is AIDS (this mysterious and terrifying syndrome); the AIDS situation today: the anxiety of US, Canada, Europe; The risk of AIDS in Japan: strategies for blocking contamination routes; what causes AIDS, and are there ways to treat it; AIDS and drug crimes; inspecting sexual activity. Interspersed are one page "AIDS Report" essays by Nishioka Kusuya (who directed the Viral Hepatitis Research Center of WHO and also headed a research group called Rinsho Igaku Sogo Kenkyujo [General Research Institute in Clinical Medicine]). Lots of B&W photographs (many taken from Der Spiegel for some reason). Includes some ill-advised comments quoting Japanese experts (in the medical world and in gay circles) who think that Asians probably have a natural resistance to AIDS, that Japan’s homosexuals need not worry because they engage in sex of a very different nature from the "hard fuck" (p 80) and "fuck of violence" (p 81) in gay America - the Japanese tradition ostensibly rooted instead in monogamous medieval samurai traditions. Written before the arrival of official recognition of AIDS in Japan, there are several points in the book where the idea that Japan is somehow safe from AIDS is given consideration.

Cat.No: 150813
ISBN: 4924706086

Price: $75.00