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Interventions: Hepatitis C and the Changing Rules for Interventions When Addicts Need Medical Care

  • Author(s): Landau, Julia
  • et al.

When are interventions appropriate? Diana Sylvestre, a renegade doctor in Oakland, disputes current approaches to two major medical epidemics: the liver-destroying virus hepatitis C, and its outcast counterpart, addiction. At the Oasis clinic, this maverick doctor and her ragtag clientele - a small army of drug addicts - are (loudly) trying to change the rules of "intervention." This is the astonishing story of how they arrived at their strategy, which threads medical science with a deeply counterintuitive approach to addiction.

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