Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Wages of Sin: Sex and Disease, Past and Present” as Want to Read:
The Wages of Sin: Sex and Disease, Past and Present
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Wages of Sin: Sex and Disease, Past and Present

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Near the end of the century, a new and terrifying disease arrives suddenly from a distant continent. Infecting people through sex, it storms from country to country, defying all drugs and medical knowledge. The deadly disease provokes widespread fear and recrimination; medical authorities call the epidemic "the just rewards of unbridled lust"; a religious leader warns that ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 2000)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Wages of Sin, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Wages of Sin

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-29 of 49)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
This was one of those books I picked up while I was out of town just because I wanted something to read. I wasn't sure what to expect, but a historical review of the ravages of syphilis, the plague, HIV, and other infectious diseases in regard to religion and government sounded very interesting. Turns out, the book was written by a gay man who lived through and lost many friends to AIDS in the 1980's. Though he was not a scientist, his observations of the way in which religious and government in ...more
an interesting read, about the way in which disease was dealt with in a previous time
Brilliant description of a "behind the scenes" look at how society has shaped our views on medical issues. I usually pawn off non-fictional work as a bore, but this is an almost gripping narrative that drips with historical goodies and stories your history teacher never shared with you.
Amy Prenskas
This is the most astonishing book I have ever picked up.
I love material that gets the brain juices flowing, and this is the book to do it.
It will make you shake your head & sigh out-loud as you read.
It may be a text book but it's sooo interesting. There is a chart inside that cracks me up. It's the history of how sex and disease occurred and how religious beliefs felt about it.
Aug 19, 2012 Judy added it
interesting. cause to consider the motives of public awareness campaigns.
Martha is currently reading it
Jan 26, 2015
Yannis Gonatidis
Yannis Gonatidis marked it as to-read
Jan 22, 2015
Ageena marked it as to-read
Dec 01, 2014
Jacklyn Skaggs
Jacklyn Skaggs marked it as to-read
Sep 28, 2014
Sasha marked it as to-read
Aug 31, 2014
Linda marked it as to-read
Jan 20, 2014
Luke Noir
Luke Noir marked it as to-read
Dec 04, 2013
Jasmine marked it as to-read
Sep 29, 2013
Alex Avalos
Alex Avalos marked it as to-read
Apr 13, 2013
Rani marked it as to-read
Jul 19, 2012
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
The Art of Love: Amatory Fiction from Ovid to the Romance of the Rose

Share This Book