AIDS: The Ultimate Challenge by

AIDS: The Ultimate Challenge

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A call for action, along with reflections on the meaning of the disease AIDS; what could have been a strong statement is almost lost in this muddled, rambling presentation. Kubler-Ross knows about caring for the terminally ill: what is needed is loving physical care, support, a listening ear--all of this she has brought into the mainstream of current thought and medical care. Some things she does manage to get across here: AIDS represents our most enormous challenge in caring for the terminally ill. As more people fall ill with AIDS, all of those healthy will be put to the test as caregivers on some level. There are special sub-groups of those with AIDS whose needs are especially neglected now: children, particularly orphaned or abandoned babies, are a major concern for Kubler-Ross; women; prisoners. There is astounding fear and anger in much of the population about AIDS that leads to acts of shunning, hatred and violence against people with AIDS and their caregivers. This is all evident from town meetings, correspondence, and interviews quoted herein. Readers can glean as much from the material presented. But a lot of the overall message from the expert is diluted--or even lost--in the long transcripts of conversations, wandering quotes, and occasional heavy-handed religious/spiritual/New Age jargon here. A righter outline, more perspective, interpretation or explanation by the author, or perhaps an editor's heavier hand, would have kept the message strong.

Pub Date: Jan. 27th, 1987
Publisher: Macmillan