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May 22, 1991

AIDS and the Health Care System

JAMA. 1991;265(20):2733. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460200113045

Lawrence Gostin has done a splendid job as editor of this book. The concept was based on the 1988 World AIDS Day Conference "Hospitals, Health Care Professionals, and AIDS." The core material is presented in 16 chapters divided among eight sections, along with an introductory chapter by Everet Koop and an afterword by Jonathan Mann.

The editor has selected recognized experts in health law, ethics, and clinical research to contribute to this multiauthored work, which addresses the impact of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome on health care professionals, persons with AIDS, hospital administrators, and the health care system. The preface is lengthy, 10 pages, but well written and provides a thoughtprovoking synopsis of the book. Excluding the first and last chapters, the text is also well written, informative, and succinct.

The tone of the book is forceful and compelling, mixed with compassion and advocacy for the person with AIDS. Controversial issues

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