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Dying in the Twenty-First CenturyToward a New Ethical Framework for the Art of Dying Well$
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Lydia M.D. Dugdale

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029124

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029124.001.0001

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AIDS, the Modern Plague

AIDS, the Modern Plague

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(p.161) 10 AIDS, the Modern Plague
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Dying in the Twenty-First Century
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Peter A. Selwyn

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029124.003.0010

Peter Selwyn, a front-line “AIDS doctor,” revisits the bedsides of his dying patients, recounting the lessons learned from the early years of the disease, when no treatments were available and caregivers could do little more than stand with their patients in humble solidarity. Advances in drug therapies, however, have radically changed the nature of care for AIDS patients, and have threatened the unmediated human connection between patient and caregiver. Selwyn’s comparison of early and current approaches to care of patients suffering from AIDS offers insight to all who may be tempted to hide from their own anxieties about life and death behind a thin partition of machines, drugs, and statistics.

Keywords:   AIDS, HIV, Solidarity, Doctor-patient relationship

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