The scapegoat

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Science  17 Nov 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6365, pp. 878
DOI: 10.1126/science.aao3255

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In his book Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic, Richard McKay retraces the fits and starts of early AIDS research and how the evocative concept of a “patient zero” both captured the imagination of the general public and fed into the media hype that fueled speculation about the disease.