Milestone House: The story of a hospice for people with HIV/AIDS

Ruth McCabe, Alison Richardson, David Taylor, Roy Robertson

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The HIV/AIDS epidemic of the early 1980s has been extensively documented, with all its epidemiological, scientific and medical impacts. Cultural implications for many sectors of society have been profound and long-lasting. Some areas merit reflection for their ingenuity in the face of a crisis and the effect they have had on clinical practice. This report gives an account of a venture into the unknown territory of palliative care. Described here is a group of young people and their families propelled into a nightmarish condition. Those involved were outlawed and stigmatised, suffering from a disease leading to their inevitable death. By association with this group, carers and medical staff were left to interpret unhelpful guidelines and to venture into unknown therapeutic territory, sometimes beyond the margins of conventional practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-79
JournalJournal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • AIDS
  • HIV
  • Milestone House
  • palliative care
  • people who use drugs


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