Medicine: Must Reading

In just a few weeks it will begin arriving in millions of American homes, sealed with a perforated tear-off strip. "This is the first time in history," said Secretary of Health and Human Services Otis Bowen last week, "that the Government has tried to contact virtually every resident directly by mail regarding a public health crisis." At a cost of $17 million, the eight-page booklet on AIDS will be mailed to 107 million U.S. households starting May 26. Explains the principal author, Surgeon General C. Everett Koop: "We are taking this step because the epidemic of misunderstanding about how AIDS is...

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