Interview: Michael Saag, M.D., Discusses His New Book

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90.3 WBHM Birmingham– UAB researcher and physician Dr. Michael Saag is know around the world as an AIDS expert. He started working with AIDS in the early eighties, a time when the disease was masked in uncertainty. Since then, he’s made AIDS research and working to improve AIDS patient treatment his life’s work. This month, Dr. Saag published his memoir “Positive: One Doctor’s Personal Encounters with Death, Life and the U.S. Healthcare System.”

Dr. Saag spoke with WBHM’s News Director Rachel Osier Lindley about the book, what it’s like to lose a patient and his deep concerns about the U.S. healthcare system.

 

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