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The Origins of AIDS by Jacques Pepin
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The Origins of AIDS

by Jacques Pepin

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I'm not quite sure why I took this to read at the beach, but there you have it. Lots of entirely compelling, if somewhat speculative, analysis of the early years of HIV / AIDS. Cool read. ( )
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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 Léopoldville 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.

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This compelling new account traces the origins and development of the most dramatic and destructive disease epidemic of modern times.

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