Why is it that some diseases like Aids and Sars capture the public's attention while other serious illnesses remain stubbornly under the radar?
This is the question being addressed in a ground-breaking new research project at Northumbria University. Dr
Clark Lawlor and his team plan to find out why some medical conditions
have become fashionable and even viewed as 'attractive' in the past. They hope this could give an insight to today's policymakers as well as help affected patients.
Dr Lawlor: 'From consumption and gout
in the 18th century to 'thinspiration' websites praising anorexia and
SARS or Swine Flu more recently, diseases come and go – sometimes with
alarming rapidity. This project will address a cultural
and medical phenomenon that is still little understood, particularly in
its historical dimensions. No major project has yet answered the
question of how fashionable diseases come to be formed, maintained and
removed from history.'
Source - Daily Mail