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9780816037544: The AIDS Dictionary

A concise, easy-to-use, encyclopedic handbook provides definitions, discussions, and practical advice in plain English on HIV, AIDS, and related conditions, from their psychological effects on individuals to treatment strategies. Simultaneous.

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Although the outlook for those infected with HIV has improved with new treatment options, AIDS is still an incurable disease affecting people all over the world. There is a need for current material that explains this complex illness to lay readers. The AIDS Dictionary is a new source that is useful for ready reference and introductory research.

The work contains approximately 4,000 alphabetical entries ranging in length from one sentence to three pages. They cover a wide range of medical, psychosocial, ethical, legal, and health-care topics, for example, benefit, coenzyme 910, fetish, malaria, protease inhibitor, sadomasochism safety, T-cell count, and transmission. Entries explain the material in a clear and nonjudgmental manner. See references and the use of small capitals for terms within articles that have their own entries refer users to related areas. A bibliography, list of abbreviations, statistical table of HIV cases and deaths, and list of agency telephone numbers and Web sites complete the text.

The AIDS Dictionary does not have the depth of comprehensive sources such as the second edition of The AIDS Knowledge Base (Little Brown, 1994), but it does provide quick definitions of a wide variety of terms and promote awareness of the problems facing people with HIV. It is a good starting point for those doing research on AIDS. Public, health-sciences, and patient-education libraries will want to own a copy of this source.

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In this eye-opening snapshot of an epidemic, Watstein, a longtime AIDS activist and university librarian, delivers approximately 4000 entries on AIDS in easy-to-understand, nonjudgmental language. The comprehensive coverage includes not only the medical aspects of AIDS but the social, political, legal, financial, and psychological issues as well. Thanks to the assistance of Chandler, who specializes in direct patient care and family practice, the medical entries are thorough yet largely jargon-free. The long list of phone numbers and web sites is particularly useful, but a number of entries, e.g., Herpes Zoster and Reiter's Syndrome, would have benefited from a little more information clarifying their reason for inclusion; an uninformed reader might incorrectly assume that these conditions are seen only in AIDS patients. Overall, however, this is an excellent addition to any reference or health collection, especially for the price.AKellyJo Houtz Griffin, Auburn, WA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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