The Origins of AIDS (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Origins of AIDS This compelling new account looks back to the early twentieth-century origins and subsequent development of HIV/AIDS before 1981.
- Published: 31 October 2011
- Format: Paperback 306 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521186377 ISBN 10: 0521186374
- Sales rank: 205,545
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It is now thirty years since the discovery of AIDS but its origins continue to puzzle doctors and scientists. Inspired by his own experiences working as an infectious diseases physician in Africa, Jacques Pepin looks back to the early twentieth-century events in Africa that triggered the emergence of HIV/AIDS and traces its subsequent development into the most dramatic and destructive epidemic of modern times. He shows how the disease was first transmitted from chimpanzees to man and then how urbanization, prostitution, and large-scale colonial medical campaigns intended to eradicate tropical diseases combined to disastrous effect to fuel the spread of the virus from its origins in Leopoldville to the rest of Africa, the Caribbean and ultimately worldwide. This is an essential new perspective on HIV/AIDS and on the lessons that must be learnt if we are to avoid provoking another pandemic in the future.