And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts
Shilts shows that the epidemic spread wildly because the federal government put budget ahead of the nations welfare; health authorities placed political expediency before the public health; and scientists were often more concerned with international prestige than saving lives. Against this backdrop, Shilts tells the heroic stories of individuals in science and politics, public health and the gay community, who struggled to alert the nation to the enormity of the danger it faced. And the Band Played On is both a tribute to these heroic people and a stinging indictment of the institutions that failed the nation so badly.
‘Contagion’ Reality Check: CDC Experts Explore Some of the Film’s Scenarios
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When Hollywood turns to medicine, accuracy generally heads for the hills. The intent was to infuse the usual hyperbole with an extra frisson: This is the way it could really happen. Be very afraid. You have to applaud the effort, for the movie does indeed offer a procession of dead-on accurate scenes that not only could happen but, in many cases, have already happened. Still, the whole thing is an improbable caricature, with action-packed Hollywood minutes veering far from reality. You can still be very afraid if you want, if a contagious apocalypse happens to be your thing.