chapter  6
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A return to scientific racism in medical social sciences

The case of sexuality and the AIDS epidemic in Africa

In 1990, during his tenure as Medical Anthropology Editor for the journal Social Science & Medicine, Charles Leslie wrote, in the journal, of his outrage at a controversial article entitled “Population Differences in Susceptibility to AIDS: An Evolutionary Analysis” written by J. P. Rushton and A. F. Bogaert (1989). Leslie manifested his deep concern as to how a faux pas in scientific thinking, which carried obvious racist overtones, could possibly be published in this renowned and peer-reviewed international journal.1