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Dying in Vein: Blood, Deception ... Justice

An excerpt from the forward – by Dr. Donald P. Francis, former Assistant Director of the Division of Viral Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kathy and Dr. Francis

What can explain the disaster that AIDS wrought upon people with hemophilia? Most of an entire generation has been lost. Why? Was it ignorance? Stupidity? Naivete? Corporate greed? Denial? Neglect?


The answer is "yes," to all of the above. As I look back to the early years, I wrote a memo to my superiors at the CDC in January 1983 warning that, "For hemophiliacs, I fear it might be too late ... but we should do our utmost to prevent further exposure ..." Despite my and my CDC colleagues' pleas, little was done.


Tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions of dead and dying persons are hard enough for anyone to grasp. But one picture of a wasting patient, a surviving wife, a surviving child, says much to the heart. And one picture of an angry mother protesting the preventable death of her child says much to the mind. Dying in Vein provides those messages to all who view its contents. It's a message that we should all record and remember. Such a disaster should never happen again.