The Origins of AIDS

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The Origins of AIDS

By Jacques Pepin

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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 LĂ©opoldville 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.

Subject: Allied Health & Medical -> Medical -> History

The Origins of AIDS
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 9/1/11
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 1139124897
ISBN 13: 9781139124898
Print ISBN: 9781107006638

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