Love is the Cure: On Life, Loss and the End of AIDS
by Elton John
Little, Brown and Company. 256 pages, $27.99
PART POLEMIC, part personal narrative, and part pleading, Elton John’s Love is the Cure: On Life, Loss and the End of AIDS harks back to Randy Shilts’ landmark book And the Band Played On (1987), if only for the sad fact that, for all the advances in medicine in 25 years, many of Shilts’ lamentations—the persistence of ignorance, benign neglect, and incompetence—are still with us. John’s book makes a strong case for more vigilant efforts, better education, and above all a social support system for those afflicted.