The AIDS Disaster: The Failure of Organizations in New York and the Nation

Publication Date: 
October 1990
Yale University Press
Mauro F. Guillén


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Chosen as an Outstanding Book on the subject of human rights by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America.

The seriousness, potential dimensions, and likely victims of the AIDS epidemic were known as early as 1981, yet the reaction of public and private organizations was shockingly slow and feeble and is even now woefully inadequate. Basing their analysis largely on the hardest hit city, New York, Charles Perrow and Mauro Guillén deliver a passionate, yet well-documented indictment of governmental and private groups for failing to provide the necessary education and care in response to this disaster.