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June 9, 1993

AIDS and Other Manifestations of HIV Infection

JAMA. 1993;269(22):2905. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500220095034

A dozen years after the recognition of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic, the devastation caused by the infection and subsequent immunodeficiency continues unabated. The victims live in pain and fear, depressed and poor, lonely and lost. Health care professionals who care are quickly overwhelmed by the enormity of this calamity, and burnout is often a result.

We are barraged by an avalanche of information and advice about the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in professional journals, in the print media, and on television. Most health professionals have multiple responsibilities and little extra time and are finding that it is increasingly difficult to keep up with all the new information. The developments in the field are so rapid that one wonders if a new textbook is really the best way to disseminate information, since delays in publication almost always make the book outdated. We were pleasantly surprised to find that this