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And The Band Played OnAnd The Band Played On
by Randy Shilts

Writing about Dr. Koop led me to reflect on a masterpiece of investigative reporting, Randy Shilts’s And The Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic. In this international bestseller, nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and the source of a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts reveals why and how AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked, even unacknowledged, and educated me on the deadly consequence of allowing politics to trump medical evidence and control public health policy. Written more than 20 years ago, this book remains an essential classic for anyone who works in the healthcare industry, and a must-read for the even broader audience of those interested in public policy and the improvement of our healthcare system.

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