Positive: One Doctor's Personal Encounters with Death, Life, and the US Healthcare System

Positive: One Doctor's Personal Encounters with Death, Life, and the US Healthcare System

Michael Saag


A Memoir and a Manifesto

Positive strains the lifetime of Michael S. Saag, MD, an across the world recognized professional at the virus that motives AIDS, however the booklet is greater than a memoir: via his tale, Dr. Saag additionally shines a mild at the dysfunctional US healthcare process, offering positive but reasonable treatments drawn from his wonderful scientific career.

Mike Saag all started his scientific residency in 1981, inside of days of the facilities for disorder Control's first file of a mysterious ''gay cancer'' killing younger males. quickly, the younger doctor's occupation used to be yoked to the epidemic. His life's paintings grew to become turning the main lethal virus in human historical past right into a continual, doable disease.

within the lab on the collage of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Saag and co-workers made seminal early discoveries concerning the elusive virus. And on the AIDS hospital he based, Dr. Saag met humans whose struggle opposed to a digital loss of life sentence touched his center and encouraged him to paintings even more durable. As his occupation stretched throughout 3 a long time, Dr. Saag chanced on himself struggling with one other foe, this one nearly as pernicious as AIDS itself: a damaged healthcare method formed extra through politicians, insurers, and lobbyists than via sufferers' needs.

Positive is Dr. Saag's tribute to the unforgettable sufferers he has identified and an pressing name to create a accomplished, compassionate, available healthcare method within the identify of these we will shop today.

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