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The Impotence Epidemic: Men’s Medicine and Sexual Desire in Contemporary China (Critical Global Health: Evidence, Efficacy, Ethnography)

Since the 1990s China has seen a dramatic increase in the number of men seeking treatment for impotence. Everett Yuehong Zhang argues in The Impotence Epidemic that this trend represents changing public attitudes about sexuality in an increasingly globalized China. In this ethnography he shifts discussions of impotence as a purely neurovascular phenomenon to a… Read More »

Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic that Remains One of Medicine’s Greatest Mysteries

A fascinating look at a bizarre, forgotten epidemic from the national bestselling author of The American Plague. In 1918, a world war raged, and a lethal strain of influenza circled the globe. In the midst of all this death, a bizarre disease appeared in Europe. Eventually known as encephalitis lethargica, or sleeping sickness, it spread… Read More »