AIDS and ‘Dirt’: Reflections on the Ethics of Ritual Cleanliness

  • Larry R. Churchill The University of Oxford


AIDS and the responses and attitudes it evokes surpass the analytic abilities of standard bioethics. These responses and attitudes are explored in terms of literary and anthropological categories, such as dirt, disorder, pollution and ritual cleanliness. Implications for medical education are suggested.


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How to Cite
Churchill, L. (2021). AIDS and ‘Dirt’: Reflections on the Ethics of Ritual Cleanliness. Religious Studies: An International Journal, 9(1), 17-28. Retrieved from