By the time Rock Hudson’s death in alerted all America to the danger of the AIDS epidemic, the disease had spread across the nation, killing thousands of. “Shilts successfully weaves comprehensive investigative reporting and commercial page-turning pacing, political intrigue, and personal tragedy into a landmark. And the Band Played on: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic [Randy Shilts] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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1987. Book: And the Band Played On

We are likely not safe from another random crazy deadly virus that will catch us offguard. Several years ago I saw this book laying amongst a pile of discarded books in the dusty hallway of a college.

AIDSpeak, was rarely employed to motivate action; rather, it was most articulately pronounced when justifying inertia. So this is still an important book to read, and a well-written and readable one. Pharmaceutical companies kept to the years-long proving process for drugs which might buy years of life for sufferers, including seeking out pools of subjects who could get placebos, when in the case of this disease the receipt of the placebo was certain death, instead of the possibility of a few more years with an experimental drug.

It was both informative and heartbreaking. I honestly think that some people believe the worst side effect of HIV is excess belly fat this is actually a side effect of one of the drugs.

I’ve had conversations with older nurses who remember the uncertain times of the ‘s. In addition to the disasters, the author also cites many heroes, including Rock Hudson the first celebrity who went public, making the cause more relevant to the general population and C. Jun 16, laaaaames rated it really liked it.

And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic

Delegates assess progress being made against newsroom hostility and the battles that remain. Thanks for your contribution David.


Shilts praised the Public Health Department of San Francisco’s handling of the new communicable disease as they tracked down people who were sick and linked them to other people who had symptoms, although some of them were living in different parts of the country. And you begin playeed feel anger at what Shilts portrays as the federal government’s dithering.

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It was great to be able to get the full story here. I’ve hated Ronald Reagan as long as I could remember. This gand a masterful work of journalism.

And shilte the important thing to remember, and to try and be one of the good people, too, if at all possible. Homophobia is not surprising to me in this often shitty world we live in, and yet I still managed to be shocked at the way medical professionals, government officials, and the media repeatedly failed the gay victims at the centre of this crisis.

And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts

Women tend to favor more candor in reports on rape, AIDS and the private lives of politicians. I mean, look at the response which people got when they wanted to close the bath houses. Archived from the original on 21 February And then, there is AIDS.

At the end of various sections, Shilts will often recount the number of AIDS cases and the number of mortalities at that moment in time. If you never read this and you want a very real, somewhat raw, but remarkable account of what happened in those times, you would be very hard pressed to find better.

For other uses, see And the Band Played On disambiguation. Shils the “gay plague” became something that ane affecting the “general population,” and thus it merited the news coverage it hadn’t received thusfar. Randy Shilts was a highly acclaimed, fhe gay Oh journalist and author. Views Read Edit View history.

After publication of the book, Shilts explained his use of the title: The Reagan administration that practically ignored the subject. This time, however, it was different. Also it’s often a lot to This book is really important, considering: Aug 20, Jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Its focus is very much on the U. But Schiltz left some crucial things out. In San Francisco, particularly in the Castro District, gay community activists such as Bill Kraus and Cleve Jones found a new direction in gay rights when so many men came down with strange illnesses in May 22, Graceann rated it it was amazing Shelves: I keep wondering, what was this book about?


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Men are dying and we in the press cough politely and draw curtains of discretion across the truth. But my goodness how things changed when the first heterosexual case was diagnosed! As long as it was GRID it didn’t matter. Retrieved p,ayed September If so, it ended too soon in span of time. Retrieved from ” https: Even though this book was written init is worth reading now because of its attention to how the AIDS virus was handled by not only medical personnel but the government who was meant to protect individuals from ahd epidemics like AIDS.

This book took me a long time to read.

The rivalry between the doctors on who gets the credit for various scientific achievements. Its importance cannot be overstated. Trivia About And the Band Play What the role of Selma? This book makes you grind your teeth with rage. We have teams around hhe world whose job it is to quickly isolate and stop infectious diseases before they can become epidemics.