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

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, May 15, 2007 - History - 352 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

Title Page
CHAPTER ONE The Outsiders
CHAPTER TWO The Mysterious Origins of
CHAPTER THREE Why Are HIV Rates So High in Africa?
CHAPTER FOUR The African Earthquake
CHAPTER FIVE Gold Rush
CHAPTER SIX A President a Crisis a Tragedy
CHAPTER SEVEN AIDS
CHAPTER ELEVEN God and the Fight Against AIDS
CHAPTER TWELVE When Foreign Aid Is an
CHAPTER THIRTEEN The Lost Children of AIDS
CHAPTER FOURTEEN Wartime
CHAPTER FIFTEEN The Underground Economy of AIDS
EPILOGUE Traditional Medicine
AUTHORS NOTE
ADDITIONAL PRAISE FOR THE INVISIBLE CURE

CHAPTER EIGHT Why Dont They Listen?
CHAPTER NINE The Invisible Cure
CHAPTER TEN Forensic Science
NOTES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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About the author (2007)

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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