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The Resource A plague on all our houses : medical intrigue, Hollywood, and the discovery of AIDS, Bruce J. Hillman, MD

A plague on all our houses : medical intrigue, Hollywood, and the discovery of AIDS, Bruce J. Hillman, MD

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A plague on all our houses : medical intrigue, Hollywood, and the discovery of AIDS
Title
A plague on all our houses
Title remainder
medical intrigue, Hollywood, and the discovery of AIDS
Statement of responsibility
Bruce J. Hillman, MD
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Language
eng
Summary
"A frightening new plague. A medical mystery. A pioneering immunologist. In A Plague on All Our Houses, Dr. Bruce J. Hillman dissects the war of egos, money, academic power, and Hollywood clout that advanced AIDS research even as it compromised the career of the scientist who discovered the disease. At the beginning of the worldwide epidemic soon to be known as AIDS, Dr. Michael Gottlieb was a young immunologist new to the faculty of UCLA Medical Center. In 1981 he was brought in to consult on a battery of unusual cases: four formerly healthy gay men presenting with persistent fever, weight loss, and highly unusual infections. Other physicians around the country had noted similar clusters of symptoms, but it was Gottlieb who first realized that these patients had a new and deadly disease. He also identified the defect in their immune system that allowed the disease to flourish. He published his findings in a now-iconic lead article in the New England Journal of Medicine--an impressive achievement for such a young scientist--and quickly became the focal point of a whirlwind of panic, envy, desperation, and distrust that played out against a glittering Hollywood backdrop. Courted by the media, the gay community, and the entertainment industry, Gottlieb emerged as the medical face of the terrifying new epidemic when he became personal physician to Rock Hudson, the first celebrity AIDS patient. With Elizabeth Taylor he cofounded the charitable foundation amfAR, which advanced public awareness of AIDS and raised vast sums for research, even as it struggled against political resistance that began with the Reagan administration and trickled down through sedimentary layers of bureaucracy. Far from supporting him, the UCLA medical establishment reacted with dismay to Gottlieb's early work on AIDS, believing it would tarnish the reputation of the Medical Center. Denied promotion and tenure in 1987, Gottlieb left UCLA for private practice just as the National Institutes of Health awarded the institution a $10 million grant for work he had pioneered there. In the thirty-five years since the discovery of AIDS, research, prevention, and clinical care have advanced to the point that the disease is no longer the death sentence it once was. Gottlieb's seminal article is now regarded by the New England Journal of Medicine as one of the most significant publications of its two-hundred-year history."--Jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DNLM/DLC
Dewey number
614.5/99392
Index
index present
LC call number
RA643.8
LC item number
.H52 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2016 J-132
  • WZ 100
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A plague on all our houses : medical intrigue, Hollywood, and the discovery of AIDS, Bruce J. Hillman, MD
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-212) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- One sick queen -- Riding the tiger -- Fast times -- The Waxman cometh -- The color of money -- No love lost -- The power of denial -- Rock -- Elizabeth -- The contentious route to an effective treatment -- Fear itself -- The politics of research advocacy -- The making of a radical -- Le deluge -- Epilogue : redeeming the years lost to the locusts
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xx, 222 pages
Isbn
9781611688757
Lccn
2016006933
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • ocn939597219
  • (OCoLC)939597219
Label
A plague on all our houses : medical intrigue, Hollywood, and the discovery of AIDS, Bruce J. Hillman, MD
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-212) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- One sick queen -- Riding the tiger -- Fast times -- The Waxman cometh -- The color of money -- No love lost -- The power of denial -- Rock -- Elizabeth -- The contentious route to an effective treatment -- Fear itself -- The politics of research advocacy -- The making of a radical -- Le deluge -- Epilogue : redeeming the years lost to the locusts
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xx, 222 pages
Isbn
9781611688757
Lccn
2016006933
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • ocn939597219
  • (OCoLC)939597219

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