Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
It is remarkable how the pendulum swings! There was a time, in the pre-AIDS era, when eminent physicians warned about the surplus of infectious disease specialists and predicted that they would have little to do other than culture each other. Soon after the AIDS epidemic first appeared on the scene in the late 1970s, however, it was believed by many that infectious disease specialists would not be able to care for so many people with AIDS without the help of generalists and other primary care providers.
AIDSTextbook of AIDS Medicine. JAMA. 1999;282(12):1191-1192. doi:10.1001/jama.282.12.1191-JBK0922-2-1