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Shattered Dreams?An Oral History of the South African AIDS Epidemic$
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Gerald M. Oppenheimer and Ronald Bayer

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307306

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307306.001.0001

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Introduction: AIDS and the Legacies of Apartheid

Introduction: AIDS and the Legacies of Apartheid

(p.3) Introduction: AIDS and the Legacies of Apartheid
Shattered Dreams?

Gerald M. Oppenheimer

Ronald Bayer

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter describes the apartheid regime, particularly as it shaped the health care system. It provides readers with an understanding of what it was like for the men and women they will encounter in Shattered Dreams to grow up under apartheid, struggle against it, and experience its violent last years. It also offers a portrait of what a racially divided health care system was like, with its deep inequalities and absurdities. It was this health care system that would be handed on to the new democratic government that came to power in 1994, just as the AIDS epidemic began its explosive rise.

Keywords:   apartheid, apartheid health care, inequality, inequity, racism, history, South Africa

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