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Physician Leadership in Preventing AIDS

C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD
JAMA. 1987;258(15):2111. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400150103040.
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This week's JAMA includes "Prevention and Control of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome [AIDS]: An Interim Report,"1 a report from the American Medical Association's (AMA) Board of Trustees. This report is part of the continuing joint efforts of the AMA, the Public Health Service, other health professional organizations, and the community at large to prevent and contain the spread of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The AMA is to be commended for its foresight and progressive approach.

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome is not like any disease or syndrome we have faced before. By its nature, AIDS raises unnecessary fear and unwarranted complacency at the same time. Its complexity causes misunderstandings. However, in the area of prevention, the prevention message of the Surgeon General's report on AIDS2 is as valid now as when it was issued almost a year ago. The report of the AMA Board of Trustees reinforces and expands on these


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