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In Their Own Words: NIH Researchers Recall the Early Years of AIDS
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• How do you know a patient has a disease not seen before?
• How do you care for someone with a mysterious illness and protect yourself as well?
• How do you investigate the cause of a new disease and find ways to treat and prevent it?

NIH Historian Dr. Victoria Harden posed such questions to NIH researchers and asked them to recall the early days of HIV/AIDS. Their oral histories tell how government scientists, physicians, nurses, and administrators responded to the challenge of this new and deadly disease.

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