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Author Pepin, Jacques, 1958-

Title The origins of AIDS / Jacques Pepin
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 293 pages) : illustrations, maps
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
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
Notes B005NND394 (Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN))
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject AIDS (Disease) -- Africa.
Emerging infectious diseases -- Africa.
HIV (Viruses) -- Africa -- Etiology.
HIV infections -- Etiology.
HIV infections -- Africa.
Retroviruses -- Africa.
HIV Infections -- etiology.
HIV Infections -- history.
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome -- history.
Communicable Diseases, Emerging -- history.
Disease Vectors.
HIV-1 -- pathogenicity.
History, 20th Century.
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