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The End of Innocence: Britain in the Time of AIDS

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 10 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1590
  1. Virginia Berridge

    Simon Garfield Faber, £20, pp 399 ISBN 0-571-15353-4

    Journalists have played a key part in the AIDS story in several countries, not least in writing speedy and immediate histories of events. Randy Shilts's history of AIDS in the United States And the Band Played On is perhaps the best known. Simon Garfield's new book on AIDS in Britain is another example of the genre. Garfield is a journalist on the Independent, and his involvement came through his writing on the AIDS drug zidovudine.

    The book broadly covers events from the early 1980s until just before its publication in 1994. Garfield has used interviews with key …

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