And the Band Played on: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic [Randy Shilts] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic is a book by San Francisco Chronicle journalist Randy Shilts. The book chronicles the. By the time Rock Hudson’s death in alerted all America to the danger of the AIDS epidemic, the disease had spread across the nation, killing thousands of.

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The news that the virus that causes AIDS was isolated and thus we could start on devising a test that would tell people if they were infected or not was withheld for more than a year while researchers argued over who would get the credit and thus the royalties.

It’s got science, medicine, high stakes, historical significance, and modern relevance. San Francisco Mayor Diane Feinstein immediately denounced the transfer as “outrageous and inhumane” and demanded that the governor of Florida investigate the dumping. What just god would send plagues, sinners or otherwise?

I mean, look at fandy response which people got when they wanted to close the bath houses. That seems a huge oversight. First of all, he could assume that nobody there would be gay and, if they were gay, they wouldn’t talk about it and that nobody would take offense at that. He also ppayed that he received abuse from gays for the articles he wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle supporting the bathhouse closures, as well as for And the Band Played Onsaying it was common for him to be spat upon in the Castro District.

Nobody lifted a finger or spent a penny in those early da History isn’t the best category for me to shelve this title, since the crisis continues, but it was the best I could do. Randy Shilts has done a remarkable work of journalism here, and 25 years later, it still infuriates.

Jul 12, Kater Cheek rated it it was ok.

At the end of various sections, Shilts will often recount the number of AIDS cases and the number of mortalities at that moment in time. Lesbians and Gays in the U.

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And the Band Played on : Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic

HAART therapy can reduce viral loads to undetectable levels The book travels all over the world in a careful timeline starting with the very first AIDs patients and ending in Two important books about the impact of AIDS. He may not have been the singular cause for the spread of the disease, but one of the first group. And yes, for my conservative friends there may be a bit of a ‘liberal’ perspective. These 3 events made me an unrepentant liberal, willing to fight for anyone being unfairly treated by government or individuals.

I also recommend checking out the movie “The Normal Heart” for a more visual experience of this history. He chronicled the contagion and the death from AIDS of many gay men, which should have been compelling, but their tales got lost amid the slough of other names thrown at me.

The gay plague got covered only because it finally had struck people who counted, people who were not homosexuals.

And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts

We have a very strong interest in stopping AIDS before it spreads outside the risk groups, before it becomes an overwhelming problem. Points deducted because apparently the Patient Zero story is a bit hinky. That is what I kept going through my head as I was reading this book.

The problem, I think, is that this book lacked a plot. Equal parts medical detective story and train wreck. Also it’s often a lot to keep plodding through it. This book has just about everything I like in a non-fiction. He highlights the indifference, the prejudice, and the unnecessary deaths that occurred before patients with AIDS received the attention and treatment they so desperately needed.

Shilts praised the Public Health Department of San Francisco’s handling of the new communicable disease as they tracked down people who were sick and linked them to other people who had plated, although some of them were living in different parts of the country.

As the actual symptoms vary from patient to bnad and are basically symptoms of know diseases, it took a shits time until the doctors understood that all these cases are connected and are actually symptoms of the same contagious disease.

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View all 11 comments. Coming in at just over pages, this book is definitely daunting to pick up. Though Koop was a political conservative, his report was nevertheless clear about what causes AIDS and what people and the U. We must learn from the past, and do better today and in the future.

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Geiger also expressed doubts that a swifter response by the government would have stemmed the spread of AIDS as quickly as Shilts was implying. One shocking part of the book told about an owner of one of these “bath houses”, who approached a doctor who was lobbying for closing the bath houses and told him something like “I am making money from the bath houses and you are making money from the consequences, so lets leave them open” Other issues in the book: You have probably underestimated what an asshole Reagan was.

That, shklts his monumental investigative effort, would have made this a best-selling novel—if the contents weren’t so horribly true. Raandy Hardcover and Paperback.

The ‘s are often generalized as a supremely bleak era in American history; books like this serve as much as a reminder of why as a horrific warning to future generations.

It took the diagnosis and death of Rock Hudson and the voice of Elizabeth Taylor, to push things into something resembling proper priority, five years after those first young men went to the doctor saying “I don’t feel well. I highly recommend reading David Quammen’s Spillover. Not only in the military industrial complex but perhaps also in the Health Industrial complex – where, as this book so chillingly portrays, the reality is those in power seek to protect that status quo, even if conscious evil intent is absent.

I honestly think that some people believe the worst side effect of HIV is excess belly fat this is actually a side effect of one of the drugs.