Battling AIDS: More misery, less mystery

More misery, less mystery

There were intriguing new theories and more grim statistics, puzzling observations and enlightening discoveries. "Never before in the history of medicine has so much been learned about an entirely new disease in so short a time," pronounced Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler last week at the opening session of the most comprehensive conference yet held on the fearful subject of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. The AIDS conference, jointly sponsored in Atlanta by the World Health Organization and HHS, drew more than 2,000 researchers, health officials, gay activists and others from points as distant as Zaïre. As they swapped information in...

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