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Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome: No Time for Kudos

JEROME MURPHY, MD
Am J Dis Child. 1993;147(6):611. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1993.02160300017010.
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Sir.—I do not share the satisfaction of Petersdorf and Turner1 with the progress thus far in combating the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). They state, "In just a decade scientists have identified the virus, elucidated how it works, and found ways to contain it." During the course of that "mere" decade, 160 000 Americans have died of AIDS and more than 1.5 million have become infected with the human immunodeficiency virus. This is not satisfactory progress for an entire decade.

The Reagan and Bush administrations (not science and medicine) are responsible for the slow pace of AIDS research. Compounding the problem is the complacency of physicians (as exemplified by this article) with this lack of commitment and progress.

What do Petersdorf and Turner expect in the ongoing fight against AIDS? They think that the 1990s will bring "a cure, or at least better containment and prevention." With the seriousness

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