If you are not made of wood, tears will stain most every page of your copy of this book. Elaine DePrince is a housewife and mother of five, two of whom died of AIDS when they were young boys. They were hemophiliacs who were exposed to HIV via their use of contaminated blood-clotting products. This is the story of their brief lives and of their mother's fight against a health care cum legal system that allows pharmaceutical companies to rush their blood products to market without fear of product liability lawsuits, a system that made their unnecessary deaths possible. What makes the story all the more affecting is that the two boys were very bright and well aware of the whole awfulness of their tragedy. Just try reading the eleven-year-old Cubby DePrince's "64 Reasons Why You Do Not Want to Get AIDS" (Reason #64: "You wonder if people will still remember you after you are dead.") while holding to the belief that the FDA and the state legislatures and the blood banks and the drug companies are doing a good job.
From Library Journal
Inspired by the AIDS deaths of two hemophiliac sons, DePrince provides a warm description of her family's experiences along with cold facts about the dangers of blood products used to treat hemophilia. She points out that the life expectancy of hemophilia sufferers plummeted from 57 years to 40 years in the 1980s solely because of HIV-contaminated blood products. Painstakingly gathered documentation supports her case that government, industry, and pertinent associations failed to prevent this contamination and the consequent deaths early on when the knowledge to do so became available. While her research is compelling, what readers will remember most is DePrince's heartrending account of her sons' courage and humor. Although patrons are more likely to ask for the better-known story of Ryan White, as told by his mother, Jeanne, in Weeding Out the Tears (LJ 5/15/97), this is a fine addition to public library collections.-?Dixie Jones, Louisiana State Univ. Medical Ctr. Lib., Shreveport
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