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its founder, nurse Cliff Morrison, took the thenrevolutionary step of asking his patients how the hospital was failing ‘to care for them. The ward that resulted from his long discussions remains a sterling example, not just of AIDS care, but of the triumph of the patients’ rights movement, which gained tremendous momentum from the assertive contributions of welleducated, middle-class HIV patients who demanded some say in their treatment and care. A realistic work, As Real As It Gets tells of hysteria and terror as well as heroism and creativity. Pogash traces the growth of knowledge about HIV transmission, honestly depicting the fears and ambivalence of a medical profession no longer accustomed to the notion of an ailment both contagious and fatal. \(As she says, health workers’ occupational exposures to Hepatitis B, with their attendant fatalities, tend to be a matter of massive denial author relates the professional history of Dr. Lorraine Day, an orthopedic surgeon formerly on staff at San Francisco General. Dr. Day’s concern about accidental HIV infection prompted her to give up the practice of medicine. She is currently traveling the country, asserting, with no evidence whatever, that HIV is transmissible by casual contact, and that the Centers for Disease Control are engaged in a conspiracy to dupe the American public. These two books deserve to be read in quick succession. As Real As It Gets tells the human story of the emergence of HIV disease, but strictly scientific aspects of the epidemic are Continued from pg. 32 kicking and beating hapless teenagers for no good reason? The Dallas Morning News addressed the potential for police brutality in a story last month on the treatment of 96 Dallas-area teenagers who were arrested on charges of underage drinking at a home in rural Kaufman County. But according to the Dallas Observer, a weekly which chronicles the foibles of Dallas’ Only Daily, a 12-inch story that quoted unidentified parents complaining that their children told them officers had “used excessive force in making the arrests, verbally abused them and made threats to intimidate them” failed to note that the son of News publisher and editor Burl Osborne was among the offended youngsters. Two days later, the News reported beyond its scope. Dragon Within the Gates provides the information necessary to think intelligently about AIDS and the issues that surround it; however, author Joseph’s rational arguments need accompanying reminders that the figures he writes about represent human beings whose lives remain unimaginably precarious. that 18 Dallas-area parents, including publisher Osborne, had sued the Kaufman County sheriff’s office in federal court for alleged civil-rights violations in disrupting what the plaintiffs alleged was a group of “well-behaved teenagers.” Sheriff Robert Harris told the Dallas Observer 30 cops from his office and other area law enforcement agencies responded to a call that someone had been shot and found the kids loudly partying. A search found no guns, but 365 cans, 19 bottles and two kegs of beer and 12 other bottles of liquor \(none of which was mentioned in the News abused the kids. 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