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Book Review of My Own Country : A Doctor's Story

My Own Country : A Doctor's Story
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Not what I was expecting, but a well-written book. Verghese was working as an Infectious Disease specialist in a small Tennessee community in the mid-1980s when the first wave of AIDS patients were beginning to return to their families as their disease -- still poorly understood and nearly untreatable -- began its terminal stage. His struggles to treat these patients and to comprehend what the epidemic meant to small towns and medical facilities forms the heart of the book, while his personal struggles to balance family and professional life are background issues.

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