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Pepin, Jacques, 1958-
The origins of AIDS / Jacques Pepin
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2011
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 4th Floor  RA643.86.A35 P465 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) HIV infections -- Africa
HIV infections -- Etiology
AIDS (Disease) -- Africa
Emerging infectious diseases -- Africa
Physical Description xiv, 293 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Summary "This compelling new account traces the origins and development of the most dramatic and destructive disease epidemic of modern times. Jacques Pepin looks back to the early twentieth-century events in Africa that triggered the emergence of HIV/AIDS and the subsequent evolution and transmission of the disease before it was first officially identified in 1981. The book focuses on the specific circumstances in Leopoldville, the capital of the Belgian Congo, where urbanization, the spread of prostitution, and medical interventions to control the incidence of tropical diseases interconnected to fuel the communication of HIV-1 in the 1960s, as the country struggled to adapt to its newfound independence. With a unique synthesis of historical, political and medical elements, this book adds a coherent and necessary historical perspective to recent molecular studies of the chronology of the HIV/AIDS pandemic"--Provided by publisher
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 238-281) and index
Contents Out of Africa -- The source -- The timing -- The cut hunter -- Societies in transition -- The oldest trade -- Injections and the transmission of viruses -- The legacies of colonial medicine I: French Equatorial Africa and Cameroun -- The legacies of colonial medicine II: the Belgian Congo -- The other human immunodeficiency viruses -- From the Congo to the Caribbean -- The blood trade -- The globalisation -- Assembling the puzzle -- Epilogue: lessons learned

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