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The AIDS reader : social, political and ethical issues
McKenzie, Nancy F.
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New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Meridian, [1991]

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x, 597 pages ; 21 cm
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RC607.A26 A348914 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Publisher's Weekly Review

McKenzie has assembled a powerful collection of essays by a gathering of AIDS researchers and activists and journalists whose very diversity emphasizes the multifaceted nature of the problem of AIDS. Included are 32 pieces that previously appeared in publications ranging from the Journal of the American Medical Association to Philosophical Forum to Newsday. Anthony S. Fauci discusses the molecular biology of the HIV virus and how it disrupts the immune system. Kathryn Anastos and Carola Marte maintain that women infected with AIDS are the ``missing persons'' in this epidemic and frequently do not receive adequate medical help, partially because too little is known about how HIV disease manifests itself in women. Stephen Jay Gould argues that AIDS is not ``diabolical'' but follows the normal workings of biology; because of our ``moral stupidity'' in relegating it as the disease of ``irregular groups'' (homosexuals, IV drug-users and Haitians), he claims, we already have lost precious time in battling it. Karen Davis and Diane Rowland consider the plight of the uninsured--``the poor, minorities, young adults and rural residents''--who face AIDS with inadequate medical care. McKenzie is executive director of the Health Policy Advisory Center in New York City. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

As a disease, AIDS is indifferent to politics, economic status, or sexual preference, but as a national health crisis it brings to light disturbing societal prejudices and inequities. These issues are powerfully addressed in this anthology compiled by the executive director of the Health Policy Advisory Center. Starting with a discussion of the medical facts, the 32 previously published articles by leading researchers, scientists, and social commentators focus on the problems of risk populations, the issues of prevention and testing, and the role of the community in responding to the crisis. Two essays, ``Bowers vs. Hardwick Opinion'' and ``Invisible Minorities, Civic Rights, Democracy,'' further intertwine the issues of homosexuality and AIDS. This important work is recommended for all medical collections.-- James E. Van Buskirk, San Francisco P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.