Friday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m.
In A Plague on All Our Houses: Medical Intrigue, Hollywood, and the Discovery of AIDS Dr. Bruce J. Hillman delivers the fascinating and important medical detective story of pioneering immunologist Dr. Michael Gottlieb’s discovery of AIDS, his struggle with the medical establishment, and the temptations of Hollywood. Delve with Dr. Hillman into the war of egos, money, academic power, and Hollywood clout that advanced AIDS research even as it compromised the career of the scientist who discovered the disease.Talk, reading, q&a and signing.
A Plague on All Our Houses offers a ringside seat to one of the most important medical discoveries and controversies of our time. At the beginning of the worldwide epidemic soon to be known as AIDS, Dr. Michael Gottlieb was a young immunologist new to the faculty of UCLA Medical Center. In 1981 he was brought in to consult on a battery of unusual cases: four formerly healthy gay men presenting with persistent fever, weight loss, and highly unusual infections. Other physicians around the country had noted similar clusters of symptoms, but it was Gottlieb who first realized that these patients had a new and deadly disease. He published his findings in a now-iconic lead article in the New England Journal of Medicine—an impressive achievement for such a young scientist—and quickly became the focal point of a whirlwind of panic, envy, desperation, and distrust that played out against a glittering Hollywood backdrop.
A riveting narrative. . . . Hillman’s intriguing portrait will deepen readers’ understanding of those who worked tirelessly to solve a medical mystery, nobly yearning to save lives and leave an indelible mark on human history. Hillman argues that the larger story of AIDS can teach ‘important lessons for the future’ on how nations can better deal with emerging epidemics.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Bruce J Hillman, M.D. has distinguished himself as a health services researcher, clinical trialist, and author. He is professor and former chair of radiology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of The American College of Radiology. He is the author of two previous books, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: How Medical Imaging is Changing Health Care and the creative nonfiction book, The Man Who Stalked Einstein: How Nazi Scientist Philipp Lenard Changed the Course of History.