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(BKREV) Surviving the Fall: The Personal Journey of an AIDS Doctor


This is a fascinating insight into the day-to-day life of an AIDS doctor, during the early days of the epidemic. It documents the first wave of the AIDS epidemic in the Bronx, revealing the pain and losses of the doctor's patients. Peter Selwyn spent years under the stress of working with patients who eventually died. It made him understand more fully what it meant to have a father, who apparently committed suicide when Peter was an infant, and to be a father to two children. He states: "The lives that I came to know, the struggles I witnessed, were not only engrossing in themselves but also gripping in their relevance to my own life. As one patient told me, "AIDS is kind of like life, just speeded up"..."Nobody gets out of this life alive."" This first decade provided an "opportunity to go through fear, pain, and darkness and come out on the other side." A highly recommended book to anyone who has been touched by this dreaded disease called AIDS. All libraries should have multiple copies.


Information in this article was accurate in April 10, 1999. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.