My Own Country by Abraham Verghese
A Doctor's Story

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The first book by a doctor who works with AIDS victims daily offers a revealing look at the impact of AIDS on a small Tennessee town, as townspeople respond to the disease's presence in inspiring ways.
 

About Abraham Verghese

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Abraham Verghese was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1955. He received an M.D. from Madras University, India, in 1979 and came to the U.S a year later to do a residency in Tennessee. He also earned an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 1991. Verghese has been involved mainly in medical research and teaching. His specialties include internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, geriatrics, and infectious diseases; the latter has led to an interest in AIDS, which has been the subject of much of his writing. Verghese's thesis was a collection of stories about AIDS, and he then went on to write My Own Country: A Doctor's Story of a Town and Its People in the Age of AIDS. My Own Country received the Lambda Literary Award for Nonfiction and was selected by Time as one of the top five books of 1994. Verghese is also the author of The Tennis Partner: A Doctor's Story of Friendship and Loss, and his short stories, articles, and reviews have appeared in magazines and newspapers such as North American Review, Sports Illustrated, and MD. Verghese, who is divorced, has two children, Steven and Jacob and resides in El Paso, Tex.
 
Published January 1, 1994 by Simon & Schuster. 432 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Professional & Technical, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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With the observant--but never dispassionate--eye of the clinician, Verghese notes everything about the remarkable, varied patients who seek his help, including: Will Johnson, a Bible Belt entrepreneur who believes AIDS comes from Satan;

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Indian physician Verghese recalls his experience practicing in the remote, conservative town of Johnson City, Tenn., when HIV first emerged there in 1985.

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Dr. Abraham Verghese's account of his five years (1985-90) spent working with AIDS patients in the American Bible Belt is a heartbreaking chronicle of a medical and human catastrophe in microcosm.

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Even rarer in AIDS literature are the pictures Verghese gives us of HIV-positive heterosexual women (the working-class Vickie McCray, infected by her bisexual husband), hemophiliacs with AIDS (Norman Sanger, whose harrowing death Verghese depicts unsparingly), and people with transfusion AIDS (Wi...

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