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Aids : the facts
Langone, John, 1929-2006.
Personal Author:
Revised and updated.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [1991]

Physical Description:
vi, 266 pages ; 21 cm
Reading Level:
1520 Lexile.
Format :


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Central Library RC607.A26 L36 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An analysis of current knowledge about AIDS, including possible preventive measures and the prognosis for the future. The workings and transmission of the virus are explained, as are its symptoms and possible co-factors that may play a role in the disease. Methods of treatment, including work on the development of a vaccine, are also examined.

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Booklist Review

Neither another catechism of dos and don'ts nor any kind of polemic, this volume offers a dispassionate summary of what is known and scientifically speculated about AIDS. A senior editor at Discovery who has written widely on health topics, Langone communicates medical and physiological information lucidly and without condescending simplification. He covers AIDS' evolving definition; its symptomatology; its reputed causative virus (HIV); its contagiousness; the ease of its heterosexual transmission; its status in hard-hit central Africa and Haiti; possible cofactors that, with HIV, bring it on; therapeutics, preventatives, and diagnostics for it; and, very briefly, how to relate personally to those afflicted with it. He eschews the specifically political and moral issues that swirl about AIDS because of the homosexuality and/or drug addiction of most Americans who have it. He does note the scientific politicking that surrounded the discovery of HIV and the deleterious effects homophobia has had on promulgating the truth about AIDS' contagiousness. New AIDS information breaks almost daily, making an overview such as this slightly obsolete almost immediately, but by no means negating its usefulness and high interest. Notes; no index. RO. 616.97'92 AIDS (Disease) [OCLC] 87-29309

Table of Contents

Premisep. 3
1 What is AIDS?p. 8
2 What Are the Symptoms?p. 10
3 What is the AIDS Virus?p. 17
4 Where Did the Virus Originate?p. 38
5 How Does the Virus Cause Infection?p. 43
6 How Did the Virus Go from Monkeys to Humans?p. 62
7 How Contagious is AIDS?p. 66
8 How Easily is AIDS Transmitted Between Men and Women?p. 82
9 AIDS in Africa and Haitip. 109
10 The Role of Cofactorsp. 125
11 Can AIDS Be Conquered?p. 148
12 Preventing AIDSp. 203
13 When Someone Has AIDSp. 213
14 AIDS Testingp. 215
Epiloguep. 240
Notesp. 258

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