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As described in the book, television announcer Bill Kurtis gave the keynote address and told a joke:

Band played on


As described in the book, television announcer Bill Kurtis gave the keynote address and told a joke: Trying to convince your wife that you're Haitian. First of all, he could assume that nobody there would be gay and, if they were gay, they wouldn't talk about it and that nobody would take offense at that.

To me, that summed up the whole problem of dealing with AIDS in the media. Obviously, the reason I covered AIDS from the start was that, to me, it was never something that happened to those other people.

Everyone responded with an ordinary pace to an extraordinary situation. He often uses an omniscient point of view to portray individuals' thoughts and feelings. Shilts' sources in the gay community tried to remember the last time everyone they knew was healthy, which was the United States Bicentennial celebration inwhen sailors came from all over the world to New York.

A marked difference in these cities arose in two phases of consciousness in the Band played on community: The San Francisco Department of Public Health began tracing the disease, linked it to certain sexual practices, and made recommendations—stop having sex—to gay men to avoid getting sick, a directive that defied the chief reason why many gay men had migrated to the Castro, and for what gay rights activists in San Francisco had fought for years.

Gottlieband Mathilde Krim —would also realize their professional life's courses in dealing with patient after patient who showed up in their offices with baffling illnesses, most notably lymphadenopathypneumocystis carinii pneumonia Band played on, Kaposi's Sarcomatoxoplasmosiscytomegaloviruscryptosporidiaand other opportunistic infections that caused death by a grisly combination of ailments overtaxing a compromised immune system.

With no information on how the disease was spread, hospital staff were often reluctant to handle AIDS patients, and Shilts reported that some medical personnel refused to treat them at all.

The colleague switched the samples, Shilts reported, because of a grudge he had against the Pasteur Institute. The discovery of AIDS in the nation's blood supply and subsequent lack of response by blood bank leadership occurred as early as[24] yet it was not untilwhen AIDS antibody testing was approved by the Food and Drug Administration FDAthat blood bank industry leaders acknowledged that HIV could be transmitted through blood transfusions.

Shilts reported how CDC epidemiologists forged ahead blindly after being denied funding for researching the disease repeatedly. Shilts expressed particular frustration describing instances of the CDC fighting with itself over how much time and attention was being paid to AIDS issues.

Congress pushed through was highly politicized and embattled, and a fraction of what was spent on similar public health problems.

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In Octoberseven people died after ingesting cyanide -laced Tylenol capsules. The New York Times wrote a front-page story about the Tylenol scare every day in October, and produced 33 more stories about the issue after that.

More than law enforcement agents, and 1, Food and Drug Administration employees worked on the case. Twenty-nine members of the American Legion died in at a convention in Philadelphia.

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Everett Koop to provide a report on the epidemic. Though Koop was a political conservative, his report was nevertheless clear about what causes AIDS and what people and the U.

Activists put pressure on the San Francisco Public Health director to educate people about how AIDS is transmitted, and demanded he close bathhouses as a matter of public health. It was from this unique vantage point that he repeatedly criticized the U.

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Shilts noted most newspapers would print stories about AIDS only when it affected heterosexuals, sometimes taking particular interest in stories about AIDS in prostitutes. Writer Jon Katz explains, "No other mainstream journalist has sounded the alarm so frantically, caught the dimensions of the AIDS tragedy so poignantly or focused so much attention on government delay, the nitpickings of research funding and institutional intrigue".

Literary[ edit ] Literary reviews of the work were generally positive, with reviewers commenting on the "hypnotic" and "thriller-like" qualities of the book.

Shilts' investigative and journalistic endeavors were praised, and reviewers seemed genuinely moved by the personal stories of the major players. Geiger also expressed doubts that a swifter response by the government would have stemmed the spread of AIDS as quickly as Shilts was implying.

We don't ask why the Department of Defense and the entitlements like Social Security are getting all the money when the homosexuals and the IV drug abusers with AIDS and the multiple sclerosis patients are not.

Howard Merkel, in the American Journal of Public Health, notes Shilts' tendency to assign blame, writing "A requirement of the journalist, and certainly the historian, however, is to explain human society rather than to point fingers".

In doing so, he has exposed the notion of objectivity as bankrupt, ineffective, even lethal". 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.

The writers, however, were mostly impressed with the book, calling it an "informative, often brilliant, overview of the emergent meanings of the AIDS epidemic". However, Reagan briefly mentioned AIDS research in questions and answers during a news conference on September 17, Many book reviews concentrated their material on Dugas, or led their assessment of the book with discussion of his behavior.

Traveling on his airline-employee privileges, he spread it here from coast to coast. Shilts claimed that "the Canadian press went crazy over the story" and that "Canadians Moss wrote in a letter to the editor of The New York Review of Books, "There is very little evidence that Gaetan was 'patient zero' for the US or for California," while also stating that Shilts did not overstress Dugas' lack of personal responsibility.

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28, , at Madison. And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic is a book by San Francisco Chronicle journalist Randy book chronicles the discovery and spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) with a special emphasis on government indifference and political .