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“They Needed to Feel Loved”: How One Nurse Revolutionized Patient Care During the AIDS Crisis

By Cliff Morrison, as told to Brooke Porter Katz
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In the early 1980s, Cliff Morrison did what no other San Francisco General Hospital staff member had the guts to do: come up with a humane way to treat and care for AIDS patients. We sat down with him to learn more about the life-changing initiative—and how the legacy of Ward 5B lives on.

The human touch.

It seems like such a simple thing, but for San Francisco General Hospital nurses and doctors in the early 1980s, putting their hands on patients suffering from what was known at the time as “gay cancer” was unthinkable.

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