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The invisible cure : Africa, the West, and the fight against AIDS

Author: Helen Epstein
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook : English
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In 1993, [the author], a scientist working with a biotechnology company searching for an AIDS vaccine, moved to Uganda, where she witnessed firsthand the suffering caused by the epidemic. Now, in her unsparing and illuminating account of this global disease, she describes how international health experts, governments, and ordinary Africans have struggled to understand the rapid and devastating spread of the disease  Read more...
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Epstein
OCLC Number: 190775149
Notes: Originally published: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, ©2007. 1st ed.
Contents: AIDS research for beginners: Outsiders; Mysterious origins of HIV; Why are HIV rates so high in Africa?; African earthquake --
What happened in southern Africa: Gold rush; President, a crisis, a tragedy; AIDS, Inc.; Why don't they listen? --
What happened in Uganda and Washington and Geneva: Invisible cure; Forensic science; God and the fight against AIDS; When foreign aid is an ATM --
Front lines: Lost children of AIDS; Wartime; Underground economy of AIDS --
Epilogue: Traditional medicine --
Appendix: Magic bullet after all?
Responsibility: Helen Epstein.

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In 1993, [the author], a scientist working with a biotechnology company searching for an AIDS vaccine, moved to Uganda, where she witnessed firsthand the suffering caused by the epidemic. Now, in her unsparing and illuminating account of this global disease, she describes how international health experts, governments, and ordinary Africans have struggled to understand the rapid and devastating spread of the disease in Africa, and traces the changes wrought by new medical developments and emerging political realities. It is an account of scientific discovery and intrigue with implications far beyond the fight against one tragic disease. The AIDS epidemic is partly a consequence of the rapid transition of African societies from an agrarian past to an impoverished present. Millions of African people have yet to find a place in an increasingly globalized world, and their poverty and social dislocation have generated an earthquake in gender relations that deeply affects the spread of HIV. But [she] argues that there are solutions to this crisis, and some of the most effective ones may be simpler than many people assume. [Through this book, the author] will change how we think about the worst health crisis of the past century, and our strategies for improving global public health.-http://www.loc.gov/catdir.

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