No Time to Lose

No Time to Lose

A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses

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Baker & Taylor
A microbiologist describes his adventure-filled career, discussing his time spent in Central Africa in the 1970s identifying the Ebola virus and his work there again in the 1980s as part of the area's first international AIDS efforts.

Norton Pub
When Peter Piot was in medical school, a professor warned, “There’s no future in infectious diseases. They’ve all been solved.” Fortunately, Piot ignored him, and the result has been an exceptional, adventure-filled career. In the 1970s, as a young man, Piot was sent to Central Africa as part of a team tasked with identifying a grisly new virus. Crossing into the quarantine zone on the most dangerous missions, he studied local customs to determine how this disease—the Ebola virus—was spreading. Later, Piot found himself in the field again when another mysterious epidemic broke out: AIDS. He traveled throughout Africa, leading the first international AIDS initiatives there. Then, as founder and director of UNAIDS, he negotiated policies with leaders from Fidel Castro to Thabo Mbeki and helped turn the tide of the epidemic. Candid and engrossing, No Time to Lose captures the urgency and excitement of being on the front lines in the fight against today’s deadliest diseases.
The story of a microbiologist’s remarkable career, from identifying the Ebola virus to pioneering AIDS research and policy.

Book News
In this fast-paced account, Piot (director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) recounts the breakneck international effort to define and halt the outbreaks of two devastating diseases, Ebola and AIDS, maintaining a personal perspective that draws the reader into the emotional side of his story, which extends from his experience on the ground in the Congo during the Ebola outbreak of 1974, elsewhere in Africa in the early '80s, through his retirement from the UNAIDS in 2008. Readers feel his frustration as the breakneck pace of the effort to prevent AIDS is logjammed in endless discussion and willful avoidance. As former undersecretary general of the UN and former executive director of UNAIDS, Piot speaks with authority as he describes the policy negotiations to set up care facilities and affordable treatment for AIDS, and with warmth as he remembers the people who perservered over the years to bring them about. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

A microbiologist describes his adventure-filled career, discussing his time spent in Central Africa in the 1970s identifying the Ebola virus and his work there again in the 1980s as part of the area's first international AIDS efforts. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393063165
039306316X
Branch Call Number: 616.9101 P6597n 2012
Characteristics: xi, 387 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Marshall, Ruth 1961-

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Jane60201 Apr 18, 2013

This book is less exciting than the title would suggest. After some exciting adventures as a young man in Africa, the book deteriorates into his accounts of dealing with bureaucracies for the rest of his career.

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