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November 13, 1991

Behavioral Aspects of AIDS

Author Affiliations

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas

JAMA. 1991;266(18):2624. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470180128051

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In light of the unpleasant fact that the US Public Health Service estimates that somewhere between 950 000 and 1.4 million Americans have been infected with the human immunodeficiency virus, nothing could be more timely than this almost daunting collaborative overview edited by David G. Ostrow. Dr Ostrow, a member of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, has gathered the thoughts of three dozen opinioned professionals ranging from sociologists to epidemiologists. The book has five major sections with 21 intriguing subsections, and, as such, the full panorama of the behavioral aspects of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is thoroughly discussed from the vantage point of experienced members of various disciplines.

Since the extensive neurological complications of this disease may affect not only the brain, but also the spinal cord, meninges, peripheral nerves, and muscles, it is obvious that this illness has an enormous capacity