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November 14, 1990

The AIDS Knowledge Base: A Textbook on HIV Disease From the University of California, San Francisco, and the San Francisco General Hospital

JAMA. 1990;264(18):2452. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450180118047

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The editors and authors of this large text are extremely familiar with the problems of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. The book reviews the epidemiology, transmission, testing, natural history, and management of HIV and of the infections associated with AIDS. There is extensive review of the social, legal, and public policy issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. Education and prevention strategies are presented. An extensive bibliography accompanies every chapter with references in many as recent as 1989. Most of the treatment options are up-to-date. Indeed, in the section on zidovudine, the data reflect many of the current concepts on use in patients with CD4 counts below 200 and below 500.

It is quite easy to look up specific problems in this text, and although there are almost daily changes depending on the latest issues of the widely quoted medical journals, the basics are present. Such