AIDS Doctors : Voices from the Epidemic - An Oral History
Today, AIDS has been indelibly etched in our consciousness. Yet it was less than twenty years ago that doctors confronted a sudden avalanche of strange, inexplicable, seemingly untreatable conditions that signaled the arrival of a devastating new disease. Bewildered, unprepared, and pushed to the limit of their diagnostic abilities, a select group of courageous physicians nevertheless persevered. This unique collective memoir tells their story. Based on interviews with nearly eighty doctors whose lives and careers have centered on the AIDS epidemic from the early 1980s to the end of the 1990s, this candid, emotionally textured account details the palpable anxiety in the medical profession as it experienced a rapid succession of cases for which there was no clinical history. The physicians interviewed chronicle the roller coaster experiences of hope and despair, as they applied newly developed, often unsuccessful therapies. Yet these physicians who chose to embrace the challenge confronted more than just the sense of therapeutic helplessness in dealing with a disease they could not conquer.
- Hardback | 320 pages
- 162.8 x 241 x 25.4mm | 661.87g
- 01 Aug 2000
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- notes, glossary, index
"From the vantage point of 2001, it is difficult to remember the reactions which marked the advent of AIDS twenty years ago. This book brings back those years so vividly ... At the level of personal and professional experience, it provides a sensitive and compelling evocation of those strange times." Social History of Medicine, Vol 15, No 1
About Ronald Bayer
Ronald Bayer teaches at the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Gerald Oppenheimer teaches at Brooklyn College, City University of New York.
Table of contents
Acknowledgements; Introduction: Looking Backward; 1. Discovery and Commitment; 2. The Dark Years: Fear, Impotence, and Rejection; 3. Therapeutic Strivings, Therapeutic Stumbles; 4. Travel Agents for Death; 5. The Waning of the Epidemic?; 2000: An Epilogue; Appendix 1: Making an Oral History: A Methodological Note; Appendix 2: Biographical Notes on Physicians Interviewed; Notes; Glossary of Medical Terms; Index of Physicians Interviewed; Subject Index