The term “atlas” was introduced in 1595 by Gerardus Mercator in his Atlas, or Description of the Universe. Traditionally considered to be a collection of maps, an atlas could also include religious, economic, and social data. Mildvan and her collaborators have sought to produce “maps” of the impact of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) pandemic, with chapters largely organized according to organ system, opportunistic infections, malignancies, and therapy, along with their impact on female and pediatric populations.
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