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Surviving the Fall: The Personal Journey of an AIDS Doctor

Peter A. Selwyn

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ISBN 10: 0300071264 / ISBN 13: 9780300071269
Published by Yale University Press, 1998
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Surviving the Fall: The Personal Journey of ...

Publisher: Yale University Press

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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This is a memoir of the first decade of the AIDS epidemic in the Bronx, a physician's firsthand account of the emergence of an epidemic and the lives that it touched. It is also an exploration of how the physician was himself transformed by his experience with these patients. Dr. Peter Selwyn, now a well-known researcher and clinician in the area of HIV and drug abuse, came to Montefiore Medical Centre in the Bronx as a medical intern in June 1981. He remained there for ten years, caring for patients with AIDS. During that same span he married and became a father. Absorbed in the pain and losses of his patients and their families, Dr. Selwyn finally acknowledged the grief he had carried for decades following the sudden death (and apparent suicide) of his father when the author was an infant. He realized that, like AIDS, suicide stigmatizes both those who die and those who survive. Surrounded by young patients who were dying, he understood what it meant to have a father and to be one. For him, it was a process of healing in the midst of the epidemic. His story can help us see AIDS (and any life-threatening illness) as an opportunity to go through our own fear, pain and darkness and to come out on the other side. Recognizing the darkness and passing through it, observes Dr. Selwyn, is a prerequisite for anyone seeking to be an effective caregiver, whether professional or personal. It is a process that can teach us how to accompany patients or loved ones through illness and to witness and relive their suffering as they approach death. This is a story of loss, discovery and coming to terms with the past, a story with a message for anyone dealing with the challenges of living, dying, and being human.

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Peter A. Selwyn, M.D., is professor and chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. He has been a caregiver for patients with AIDS and their families for more than fifteen years.

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