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The river : a journey back to the source of HIV and AIDS

Author: Edward Hooper
Publisher: London, England : Allen Lane ; New York, N.Y., USA : Penguin Putnam, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"It now seems certain that HIV can be traced back to retroviruses found in certain species of African apes and monkeys. But why did these simian viruses suddenly transfer to the human species? Those who believe in a natural movement across the species barrier would be hard-pressed to explain why this transfer did not occur until the late twentieth century. Do we need to look elsewhere for the true source of HIV and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Hooper
ISBN: 0713993359 9780713993356
OCLC Number: 40839739
Description: xxxiii, 1070 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / Bill Hamilton --
Prologue: A note on sources --
and exploring rivers --
Introduction: John Snow and the water pump --
I. The river in cross section: frozen moments of flow --
II. From trickle to flood: the early spread of AIDS --
III. A new hypothesis of source --
IV. European feeders --
V. The passage through the pools --
VI. Whirlpools and sinkholes --
VII. Charting the course --
VIII. How a river is born --
App. A. Arguments for and against the OPV/AIDS hypothesis --
App. B. Experiments and investigations that could be conducted to shed further light on the OPV/AIDS hypothesis.
Responsibility: Edward Hooper.

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"It now seems certain that HIV can be traced back to retroviruses found in certain species of African apes and monkeys. But why did these simian viruses suddenly transfer to the human species? Those who believe in a natural movement across the species barrier would be hard-pressed to explain why this transfer did not occur until the late twentieth century. Do we need to look elsewhere for the true source of HIV and AIDS?" "With this question Edward Hooper begins his unprecedented investigation." "Having examined virtually every theory ever proposed to explain AIDS, Hooper became convinced that medical interventions made in Africa in the 1950s were themselves unwittingly responsible. Such a tragedy requires urgent examination."--BOOK JACKET.

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