Alfred P. Ingegno, MD
Ingegno AP. Taking Exception to a Book Review. Ann Intern Med. 1993;119:1224-1225. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-119-12-199312150-00022
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1993;119(12):1224-1225.
TO THE EDITOR:
Stewart Rogers' critique of my book Shared Legacy  demands reply. The novel tells of soon-to-be-married Sharyn who donates blood and finds she has been innocently betrayed and infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). She and those whose lives touch hers contend in fictional terms with their dilemmas. Accurate, unobtrusive allusions are made to HIV infection and the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), but the book includes no disquisition on AIDS as illness and social calamity. This seems to outrage Rogers.
Almost everything he says about the book is shamefully snide: Sharyn donates blood like a good girl; but not altogether a good girl living with a not quite true love. (The book is set in the 1980s!) Sharyn's shattered life is characterized in a succinct sneer as celibate angst; when she falls in love again it is with another charmer. Rogers rewrites circumstances of another betrayal, anger, and rape with relentless jeer: Of course, without a condom, gibes Rogers, who then misdesignates what follows (which includes a trial for attempted murder).
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