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Call No.: Vt-70
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Linda J. Laubenstein
Title: Videotape collection of Linda J. Laubenstein, 1987-1994
Quantity: 5 videotapes
Abstract: Videotapes of Linda J. Laubenstein, physician.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Linda J. Laubenstein, 1947-1993 (93-M98).
A physician who was one of the first in the United States to recognize the appearance of the AIDS epidemic, Linda J. Laubenstein graduated from Barnard College and New York University Medical School. Her specialties were hematology and oncology, and she was a clinical professor at the New York University Medical Center. The author (with Dr. Alvin Friedman-Kien) of the first published article on the alarming appearance of Kaposi's sarcoma, Laubenstein was outspoken about what she saw as the neglect of the epidemic by government and society. Her practice grew to consist predominately of AIDS cases; in 1983 she helped organize the Kaposi's Sarcoma Research Fund and the first full-scale medical conference on AIDS, held at New York University. She was one of the founders of MTS, Multitasking Systems, a non-profit office-service business begun in 1989 that provided employment for people with AIDS. Laubenstein suffered from severe asthma and the effects of childhood polio, which left her confined to a wheelchair. Her role in the battle against AIDS inspired the character of Dr. Emma Brookner in Larry Kramer's play, The Normal Heart. Laubenstein died of a heart attack in 1992 at the age of 45.
These videotapes include footage of Linda J. Laubenstein speaking at a professional meeting and briefly on television, Laubenstein's memorial service, and a reading of Larry Kramer's play, The Normal Heart.All are on 1/2 inch videotape with sound and color. The file unit sequence (22vt, 27vt, etc.) reflects a portion of the finding aid for the Linda J. Laubenstein Papers (93-M98).