The Origins of AIDS

The Origins of AIDS

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
"This compelling new account traces the origins and development of the most dramatic and destructive disease epidemic of modern times. Jacques Pepin looks back to the early twentieth-century events in Africa that triggered the emergence of HIV/AIDS and the subsequent evolution and transmission of the disease before it was first officially identified in 1981. The book focuses on the specific circumstances in Leopoldville, the capital of the Belgian Congo, where urbanization, the spread of prostitution, and medical interventions to control the incidence of tropical diseases interconnected to fuel the communication of HIV-1 in the 1960s, as the country struggled to adapt to its newfound independence. With a unique synthesis of historical, political and medical elements, this book adds a coherent and necessary historical perspective to recent molecular studies of the chronology of the HIV/AIDS pandemic"--Provided by publisher.

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Explores the origins and progression of HIV and AIDS in Africa, analyzing how postcolonial independence, urbanization, unsterile medical practices, the blood trade, and prostitution intertwined to spread the disease around the world.

Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
ISBN: 9780521186377
Branch Call Number: 362.19697 P422o 2011
Characteristics: xiv, 293 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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Oct 27, 2014

"Author Notes" should refer to Canadian Dr. Jacques Pepin, not the
French chef. Also, Charles de "Gualle" is hopefully just a typing error.

sbw179 Nov 13, 2012

A very interesting book chronicling the social and biological origins of HIV in Africa and its spread around the world. The science is explained well and the writing is engaging. What I liked the most is he explored the medical, sociological, political history of this disease. It would be an excellent read for anyone involved in novel health interventions or officials involved in policy decisions. The book's overarching message is that well intended medical interventions sometimes have unintended consequences.


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