Medicine: Step in The Right Direction

The President's AIDS panel releases its first report

"We're not saying that AIDS is under control," said James Mason, director of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control. "We are saying that it's not spreading like wildfire." That conclusion, the result of a CDC study released last week along with a preliminary report by President Reagan's AIDS commission, was little comfort to many Americans: AIDS has killed nearly 27,000 people in the past seven years, and is expected to infect a quarter of a million more by 1991. Nonetheless, the two reports met with cautious approval, even among critics, for the Administration's attempt to find some way out of the...

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