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The Harold Varmus Papers

Title:
Letter from David B. McEwan, Honolulu Medical Group, Inc. to Harold Varmus pdf (53,739 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from David B. McEwan, Honolulu Medical Group, Inc. to Harold Varmus
Number of Image Pages:
1 (53,739 Bytes)
Date:
1985-08-26 (August 26, 1985)
Creator:
McEwan, David B.
Honolulu Medical Group, Inc.
Recipient:
Varmus, Harold
Source:
Original Repository: University of California, San Francisco. Archives and Special Collections. Harold E. Varmus Papers
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of David B. McEwan.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Retroviridae
Terminology as Topic
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Exhibit Category:
AIDS and HIV: Science, Politics, and Controversy, 1981-1993
Box Number: 2
Folder Number: 14
Unique Identifier:
MVBBLY
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: UCSF Collections
SubSeries: Collection Number MSS 88-47
SubSubSeries: Human Retrovirus Study Group, 1981-1987
Folder: HIV clinical opinions on the naming of the virus, 1985
Transcript:
August 26, 1985
RE: Taxonomy on the AIDS virus
Dear Dr. Varmus,
Thank you for your letter of August 12th inquiring about my thoughts regarding a name for the "AIDS virus". The word "AIDS", comes with much political, media and psychological "baggage"; I shy away from using that name ("AIDS virus") when discussing the virus with patients. As of today, I have been involved directly with the diagnosis and/or care of 17 patients with AIDS, and have 80 or so other immune compromised patients in my practice. I use the abbreviations HTLV-III and/or LAV in describing to patients the cause for their immune compromised status. People seem to accept this complex medical term (HTLV-III or LAV) without too much panic; then I go on to explain that it "plays the major role" in developing the disease we refer to as "AIDS" - and that "AIDS" is an umbrella term for a disease that presents in many ways.
It is my personal conviction that the word "AIDS" should be left out of the name for this virus.
Sincerely,
David B. McEwan, M.D.
Chief, Family Medicine
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2012-03-14
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