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From The CriticsReviewer: Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH(University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This little handbook tackles two very large tasks: informing general audiences about AIDS and what can be done to control this epidemic and stimulating individuals and groups to become more involved in prevention and control efforts.
Purpose: The continuing toll of this terrible epidemic, together with the perpetuation of myths and misinformation as to its spread and its victims, makes this handbook timely and important.
Audience: The book is clearly designed for general audiences and hits the mark with very clear, understandable and useful descriptions of the disease and its impact on people and their communities. The authors are AIDS activists themselves, and they intend this primer to stir people to action when they have a better appreciation of the realities of this disease.
Features: The notable features of this book are its clear and understandable presentation of basic facts and its focus on persons living with this disease. Together these factors should stimulate greater individual and collective action. Other features of this book include plentiful resources and contact points for further information, adequate references, and simple illustrations. The index, table of contents, and general appearance are adequate.
Assessment: This is an important book for both its educational and advocacy value. It will be easily read and readily understood by general audiences and provides substantial motivation for increased efforts within our society to control this terrible epidemic. Its value is probably greater in general libraries rather than in health science libraries.