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Running head: And the Band Played On And the Band Played On Jatin Patel DeVry University
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And the Band Played On was a best selling work of nonfiction written by San Francisco Chronicle journalist Randy Shilts published in 1987. It chronicles the discovery and spread of HIV and AIDS with a special emphasis on the government lack of concern and political infighting to what was initially perceived as a Gay disease, which has impacted the United States and the world for decades. Shilts explained his use of the title: " And the Band Played On is simply a snappier way of saying “business as usual.” Everyone responded with an ordinary pace to an extraordinary situation." The film “And the Band Played on” was a very intense and graphic description of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) epidemic in the United States. The film begins with a stunning scene of a Center of Disease Control (CDC) controlling an outbreak of the Ebola Virus near the river of Ebola. This scene sets the tone for rest of the movie, an intimidating view of the raw truth of deadly diseases and how the government reacts to such outbreaks. The story continues with the first case of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), a Danish woman in her late forties who does of Pneumocytis carini and illness that is typically found in immune compromised patient. (Dr. Gaday). The case was located in Zaire and the
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