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Abraham Verghese interview, 1995 May
Verghese, A. (Abraham), 1955-
Martinson, Connie
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The Drucker Institute
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Claremont Colleges Library
Connie Martinson Talks Books
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Abraham Verghese discusses his book, "My Own Country: A Doctor's Story of a Town and its People in the Age of AIDS." The non-fiction story is about his experiences as a doctor in Johnson City, Tennessee and dealing with his patients who contracted AIDS and the stigma involved with the disease. Johnson City had a population of 50,000, but had a disproportionate amount of AIDS cases that was caused by gay men leaving large cities and settling in Johnson City. He speaks of his own homophobia resulting from never really dealing with gay men and patients. He mentions that most of his patients never got tested for the disease prior to him treating them due to the fear of confidentiality in the mid 1980s. He states that the dedication he had to his patients had a negative effect on his marriage, but was not the only reason for the problems in his marriage.
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AIDS (Disease) - Social aspects - Tennessee - Johnson City
Physicians - Tennessee - Johnson City - Biography
Johnson City (Tenn.)
U-matic tape: Date and time on case spine: 7/17, 3:30 p. Date on case front cover: 5/29/94. Date on video cassette: 5/29/94.

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