Entering the medical field, during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis

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Dr Peter Shalit

Dr. Peter Shalit is a primary care physician in Seattle who shares personal and professional reflections on his work with HIV and AIDS patients in the 1980s and 1990s.  In the interview, Dr. Shalit discusses the emotional challenges of working with AIDS patients at a time when death was a common outcome, and he reflects on his efforts to  balance personal anger with his professional commitment.  He recalls the initial glimmer of hope that came with therapies in the mid-1990s, and finally the joy of knowing, in the late 1990s, that treatments were saving the lives of his patients who a few years earlier had faced the end of life.

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