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Webster defines "drama" as "a literary composition that tells a story, usually of human conflict, by means of dialogue and action, to be performed on the stage by actors." The acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) has all the elements of good drama: mystery, life-and-death situations, power, sex, and money. And Randy Shilts's remarkable book deals with all these elements.
Shilts, a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, sketches the early years of the AIDS epidemic by following the early actors in the drama: researchers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), San Francisco epidemiologists and clinicians, and gay activists in San
And the Band Played On: Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic.. Ann Intern Med. ;108:779–780. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-5-779
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(5):779-780.
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