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Sensing Light

By Mark A. Jacobson

A stunning story of three doctors’ struggles in San Francisco during the first decade of the AIDS epidemic
March, 1979, a young street hustler in San Francisco stumbles into an emergency room with lungs so congested he can barely breathe. Seen by a perplexed medical resident, the patient becomes the first of many thousands to die from a yet-to-be named plague. Sensing Light is a raw, compelling novel that follows the personal and professional lives of the men and women on the front lines of the emerging AIDS epidemic.
This breakout book by Mark A. Jacobson, a leading Bay Area HIV/AIDS physician, follows the lives of three people from vastly different backgrounds, who are thrown together by a shared urgency to find out what is killing so many men in the prime of their lives. Kevin, a gay medical resident from working class Boston, has just moved to San Francisco in search of acceptance of his own sexual identity. Herb, the supervising physician, struggles with his emotional rigidity in the exhausting world of one of the nation’s toughest hospitals. And Gwen, a divorced mother with a teen daughter, looks for a sense of self and security while completing her medical training.
This fast-paced story sheds light on the complex process of discovering the causes of an unknown epidemic, while at the same time revealing the tight personal and professional bonds among doctors working to solve the twentieth century’s most tragic medical mystery.

Released: Jul 2016
Price: $15.95

ISBN-13: 978-1-61243-570-1

Trade Paper
6 x 9
366 pages


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