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Open Preview See a Problem? However this was randt very difficult reading experience. Assessing media’s coverage when private matters become public. Panem furthermore believes Shilts gives appropriate weight to the issue of homophobia hampering attention on the disease, but remarks that even if AIDS had struck a more socially acceptable group of people, similar delays and confusion would have slowed medical progress. We remember the misinformation and differing accounts of transmission. Oj legal situation of some of the gay people, who found themselves kept out of the final days of their loved ones as they had no legal rights and the families opposed the relationship and therefore denied access to their dying loved ones.

But it doesn’t always pass away, and from one bad dream to another, it is men who pass away It MADE me a feminist. It is a book that emphasizes the need to take care of the sick and explains how our vanities and prejudices can prevent us for doing that. However, far more importantly it speaks from a human perspective – which frankly transcends ideology and as I write this in seems far too absent from our discussion of costs and deficits and other such fictions.

Alan Alda portrayed controversial viral researcher Robert Gallo, and many other stars appeared in supporting and cameo roles, who agreed to appear in the film for union-scale pay. Doctors, blood banks, and drug companies vied to make money as gays, drug users, and recipients of blood transfusions who got blood while blood banks argued against testing blood for the disease because it was expensive died.

The New York Playee wrote a front-page story about the Tylenol scare every day in October, and produced 33 more stories about the issue after that. Shilts died from complications of AIDS inage By the time they were done talking, Gaetan had charmed the man back into bed.


This book has just about everything I like in a non-fiction. More than law enforcement agents, and 1, Food and Drug Administration employees worked on the case. The history of the disease is fascinating, but the early stories break your heart. Thr then the liver spots on the back of your hand start to ans like KS.

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

But Schiltz left some crucial things out. It was rady informative and heartbreaking. Can lies BE a cause of death? People with aids have a Deficient immune system and therefor they contract many painful and horrible diseases that people with an intact immune system do not get. He uses all the interviews and research that he did as a journalist for the SF Chronicle who covered the epidemic full time for years.

How the senators wanted to leave the issue out of mind. It’s also where I learned that the best intentions can get snarled in the weeds- that people passionately devoted to an idea will serve that idea beyond all reason, that profit comes before people, and shiots it always takes a movie star to catch the public’s imagination.

Shilts died of Radny complications in early For many of us, this epidemic started in our lifetime. Because someone I cared about had intentionally seen to it that I hadn’t learned about it.

Almost everyone who knew them knows this, but there is a gentle, loving conspiracy of silence to deny reality This book catalogs one of the great nadirs of modern American life; a time when institutionalized apathy and indifference in almost every government and societal institution directly lead to the unspeakable suffering and death of tens of thousands of Americans at the hands of the most frightening plague of the modern age.

I highly recommend reading David Quammen’s Spillover. pllayed

View all 6 comments. Things would become far less polite later. And the politicians who could have created hospices, units in hospitals, and information programs, did nothing.

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It is important bnd document history, but this is not an easy book to read. The title looks academic but there’s nothing shils or dispassionate or removed about it. Who knew that San Franciscans thought New Yorkers were so closet-y? Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. In addition to the pain and suffering that the patients go through, this epidemic was a nightmare from any other point of view: The colleague switched the samples, Shilts reported, because of a grudge he had against the Pasteur Institute.


The fact that it is non-fiction adds to the intensity but also increases the rage the reader is left with. Despite the fact that more people were dying from AIDs and it was spreading much more quickly, many medical professionals refused to acknowledge it, the media would not talk about gay sex, and some people even outright suggested it was the wrath of god, punishing gay men for immoral behaviour.

Randy Shilts Limited preview – Trivia About And the Band Play Shilts documents the search for the virus in all its muddled, politicized, under-funded, disregarded insanity, during which gay men died quickly or slowly, without drugs that did more than eased their passing for years, in their homes or in facilities that had no more notion of how to care for them than they did, cared for by each other and, slowly, by medical personnel who knew they might be risking their own lives.

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

On a civic level, the closure of gay bathhouses in San Francisco became a bitter political fight in the gay community. While Shilts was writing the book he was tested for HIV but insisted his doctor not tell him the results until the book was finished so it would not affect his journalistic integrity and judgment.

Because, as depressing a book as this turned out to be, it was gandy incredibly hard to put down.

Its importance cannot be overstated. Jul 12, Kater Cheek rated it it was ok. Around the Year i