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Alternative Therapies

Alternative Therapies Alternative Therapies Counseling Patients About Questionable Treatments Dr. Wallace, who has appointments at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City, cares for a large number of HIV-positive patients and PWAs in her private practice. "Some patients think they know more about their illness than they really do, and if they're partially informed and opinionated too, they can do a disservice to themselves," she explains. She remembers one patient who was determined to go overseas to receive fluconazole, and, when he came down with cryptococcal pneumo- By Kristin White their friends, and physicians the constant alert for reports of treatments that sound as if they might work. With AZT alone approved as treatment available for HIV infection, and only a handful of newer drugs under investigation, anyone with a hopeful message is greeted with enthusiasm, and, say some observers, too little skepticism. Washington-based lawyer Grace Powers Monaco, whose interest in the philosophical implications of treating deadly diseases arose when her own child died of leukemia some years ago, urges PWAs to be wary. "PWAs need to be well-informed about their situation and to develop a healthy skepticism about the claims of anyone who http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png AIDS Patient Care Mary Ann Liebert

Alternative Therapies

AIDS Patient Care , Volume 3 (6) – Dec 1, 1989

Alternative Therapies

AIDS Patient Care , Volume 3 (6) – Dec 1, 1989

Abstract

Alternative Therapies Counseling Patients About Questionable Treatments Dr. Wallace, who has appointments at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City, cares for a large number of HIV-positive patients and PWAs in her private practice. "Some patients think they know more about their illness than they really do, and if they're partially informed and opinionated too, they can do a disservice to themselves," she explains. She remembers one patient who was determined to go overseas to receive fluconazole, and, when he came down with cryptococcal pneumo- By Kristin White their friends, and physicians the constant alert for reports of treatments that sound as if they might work. With AZT alone approved as treatment available for HIV infection, and only a handful of newer drugs under investigation, anyone with a hopeful message is greeted with enthusiasm, and, say some observers, too little skepticism. Washington-based lawyer Grace Powers Monaco, whose interest in the philosophical implications of treating deadly diseases arose when her own child died of leukemia some years ago, urges PWAs to be wary. "PWAs need to be well-informed about their situation and to develop a healthy skepticism about the claims of anyone who

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Mary Ann Liebert
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Copyright 1989 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
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0893-5068
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1557-7449
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10.1089/apc.1989.3.12
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Abstract

Alternative Therapies Counseling Patients About Questionable Treatments Dr. Wallace, who has appointments at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City, cares for a large number of HIV-positive patients and PWAs in her private practice. "Some patients think they know more about their illness than they really do, and if they're partially informed and opinionated too, they can do a disservice to themselves," she explains. She remembers one patient who was determined to go overseas to receive fluconazole, and, when he came down with cryptococcal pneumo- By Kristin White their friends, and physicians the constant alert for reports of treatments that sound as if they might work. With AZT alone approved as treatment available for HIV infection, and only a handful of newer drugs under investigation, anyone with a hopeful message is greeted with enthusiasm, and, say some observers, too little skepticism. Washington-based lawyer Grace Powers Monaco, whose interest in the philosophical implications of treating deadly diseases arose when her own child died of leukemia some years ago, urges PWAs to be wary. "PWAs need to be well-informed about their situation and to develop a healthy skepticism about the claims of anyone who

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AIDS Patient CareMary Ann Liebert

Published: Dec 1, 1989

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