Medicine: Rumania's Other Tragedy

Under a primitive medical system, babies are dying of AIDS

The sight is sickening and terrifying. In crib after crib lie babies and toddlers who look like old people, their skin shriveled, their skeletal faces bearing the unmistakable mark of approaching death. These pitiful children at a clinic in Bucharest are AIDS patients, the tiniest victims of the brutal, backward regime of Rumania's fallen dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu.

Last week Western doctors working in Rumania revealed a mysterious epidemic of AIDS among the country's youngsters. The full extent of the outbreak is not yet known, but continuing tests of sick children at hospitals and orphanages have identified 706 who are infected out...

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