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Fighting Aids: getting pills into bodies

A new account of the early days of Aids shows how cleverly activists influenced the powerful

By Elizabeth Pisani   February 2017

High-profile antics: hundreds of members of ACT UP protest at the lack of an effective treatment for Aids in New York, 1990 ©Frances Roberts/Alamy Stock Photo

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How to Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed Aids, by David France, (Picador, £25)

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