Medicine: Surviving Is What I Do

Doctors puzzle over why some AIDS sufferers can hang on to life

Aladar Marberger's Manhattan apartment is a gallery of joy and pain, limned in oil, tempera, charcoal and fresco. In most of the likenesses, an insouciant, vibrant personality shines through, but in a few there is the kind of tension that results from great suffering. These are the portraits of an AIDS survivor, sketched and painted by Marberger's friends since it was confirmed , that he had the disease. They are a tribute to a man who will not quit. When Marberger learned in 1985 that he had Kaposi's sarcoma, a rare form of skin cancer that is sometimes associated with AIDS,...

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