Origins of AIDS, The

Jacques Pepin

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Published: 21-01-2021


It is now forty years since the discovery of AIDS, but its origins continue to puzzle doctors and scientists. In this updated edition of his acclaimed book, Jacques Pepin traces the origins and amplification of AIDS, and describes the events that transformed a chimpanzee virus into a global pandemic.

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It is now forty years since the discovery of AIDS, but its origins continue to puzzle doctors, scientists and patients. Inspired by his own experiences working as a physician in a bush hospital of Zaire, Jacques Pepin looks back to the early twentieth-century events in central 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 military interventions, urbanisation, 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 Leopoldville to the rest of Africa, the Caribbean and ultimately worldwide. This is an essential perspective on HIV/AIDS and on the lessons that must be learned as the world faces another pandemic.

Additional information

Weight 0.65 kg
Dimensions 19 × 152 × 228 mm
Page Count 392