Gordon Stewart

Gordon Stewart is Emeritus Professor of Public Health, University of Glasgow. He has been a consultant physician (epidemiology and preventative medicine) with the NHS (UK), WHO, New York City and the health authorities in Africa and Asia. He is a member of the Presidential AIDS Advisory Panel in South Africa.

Papers Published in World Economics:

The Anomalous Case of HIV/AIDS

In a recent issue of World Economics (Vol. 5, No. 4, 2004) Bell and Lewis discuss ‘The Economic Implications of Epidemics Old and New’. In their article those authors examine several historic and recent epidemics including HIV/AIDS, currently regarded as the greatest threat to economic and human survival in the affected countries. Craven et al. are responding to the authors’ views about HIV/AIDS because they think that they have misinterpreted the record, and accepted conventional but questionable assumptions about the epidemiology, morbidity and mortality of this syndrome which varies in distribution geographically and statistically, and therefore in economic impact. Craven et al. suggest reasons for this misinterpretation and offer an alternative analysis of the epidemic, with very different human and economic implications.

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