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Voices in the Band: A Doctor, Her Patients, and How the Outlook on AIDS Care Changed from Doomed to Hopeful

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"I am an AIDS doctor. When I began that work in 1992, we knew what caused AIDS, how it spread, and how to avoid getting it, but we didn't know how to treat it or how to prevent our patients' seemingly inevitable progression toward death. The stigma that surrounded AIDS patients from the very beginning of the epidemic in the early 1980s continued to be harsh and isolating. ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 22nd 2015 by ILR Press (first published March 5th 2015)
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Stephanie
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
An eARC of this book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

In 1992, doctor Susan C Ball began her medical career working in an HIV/AIDS clinic. "Voices in the Band" recalls her years of working in that clinic, from the first years before HIV itself was fully identified through to the years of HAART, the first real working treatment to keeping HIV-positive patients from developing AIDS and its associated syndromes and infections.

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Jamie
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book, a spiritual companion and successor to "And the Band Played On" (down to the homage in the title), does an admirable job of giving you the "what next" exploration of the second decade of the AIDS crisis. Told as part memoir, part medical history, it follows Dr. Susan Ball's years working at the euphemistic Center for Special Studies - the AIDS ward of a large NYC hospital. Ball intersperses her history with vignettes of many of her patients and what they went through. Many died before ...more
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Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it
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This is a must-read for anyone interested in medicine in general and the history of AIDS in the U.S. in particular. But I took off a star for the writing style, which to me didn't quite work -- Ball acknowledges that the conversations in the book are recreated from memory, but most of them sounded more staged than authentic and that distracted me. Still, it's great to read about the compassionate care that Ball and her colleagues gave to people back when no one knew what to do for AIDS and many ...more
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