The Invisible Cure: Why We Are Losing the Fight Against AIDS in Africa

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Macmillan, May 27, 2008 - History - 324 pages

A New York Times Notable Book of 2007

The Invisible Cure is an account of Africa's AIDS epidemic from the inside--a revelatory dispatch from the intersection of village life, government intervention, and international aid. Helen Epstein left her job in the US in 1993 to move to Uganda, where she began work on a test vaccine for HIV. Once there, she met patients, doctors, politicians, and aid workers, and began exploring the problem of AIDS in Africa through the lenses of medicine, politics, economics, and sociology. Amid the catastrophic failure to reverse the epidemic, she discovered a village-based solution that could prove more effective than any network of government intervention and international aid, an intuitive response that calls into question many of the fundamental assumptions about the AIDS in Africa.

Written with conviction, knowledge, and insight, The Invisible Cure will change how we think about the worst health crisis of the past century--and indeed about every issue of global public health.

 

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Everything I wanted to know about HIV/AIDS and how it functions in Uganda. Written in a way that anyone can understand the complexities of this disease. Read full review

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One of the better AIDS books. Very well written and really quite engaging. Struggles, though, between the desire to follow the science and the need not to be TOO politically incorrect. Ultimately ... Read full review

Contents

The Outsiders
3
The Mysterious Origins of HIV
39
Why Are HIV Rates So High in Africa?
49
The African Earthquake
66
Gold Rush
89
A President a Crisis a Tragedy
105
AIDS Inc
126
Why Dont They Listen?
141
When Foreign Aid Is an ATM
202
The Lost Children of AIDS
213
Wartime
228
The Underground Economy of AIDS
239
Traditional Medicine
253
A MAGIC BULLET AFTER ALL?
263
NOTES
271
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
311

The Invisible Cure
155
Forensic Science
172
God and the Fight Against AIDS
186

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About the author (2008)

HELEN EPSTEIN writes frequently on public health for various publications including The New York Review of Books and The New York Times Magazine. She is currently a visiting research scholar at the Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University.

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