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Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371, MK Czerwiec, 2017

Courtesy MK Czerwiec

In this graphic memoir, author and artist MK Czerwiec recounts her experience as a new nurse caring for patients with HIV/AIDS during the mid-1990s, which was the height of the epidemic in the United States. During Cerwiec’s time in Care Unit 371, medical advancements changed the treatment and prognosis for people with HIV and AIDS and slowed the progress of the epidemic in the United States. Czerwiec draws from her own memories and oral histories to illustrate the personal impact these experiences had on her. Taking Turns also tells of the lasting impressions Care Unit 371 made patients and staff.

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