The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jun 17, 2008 - Medical - 400 pages
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A flame-throwing epidemiologist talks about sex, drugs, and the mistakes (dismal), ideologies (vicious), and hopes (realistic) of international AIDS prevention.

When people ask Elizabeth Pisani what she does for a living, she says, "sex and drugs." As an epidemiologist researching AIDS, she's been involved with international efforts to halt the disease for fourteen years. With swashbuckling wit and fierce honesty, she dishes on herself and her colleagues as they try to prod reluctant governments to fund HIV prevention for the people who need it mostódrug injectors, gay men, sex workers, and johns.Pisani chats with flamboyant Indonesian transsexuals about their boob jobs and watches Chinese streetwalkers turn away clients because their SUVs aren't nice enough. With verve and clarity, she shows the general reader how her profession really works; how easy it is to draw wrong conclusions from "objective" data; and, shockingly, how much money is spent so very badly. "Exhibit A": the 45 billion taxpayer dollars the Bush administration is committing to international AIDS programs.
  

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Review: The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS

User Review  - Lesbianfunworld Online - Goodreads

I am getting older. Yes yes, I know we all are, but this is my story, so shush yourself. I am getting older, and so are my family and friends and colleagues. Not all, mind you, but enough. Too many. I ... Read full review

Review: The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS

User Review  - Vanessa - Goodreads

I'll slot this in as the tail end of my AIDS triad (the other two books being And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic and 28: Stories of AIDS in Africa). The Wisdom of Whores ... Read full review

Contents

The Accidental Epidemiologist
1
Cooking Up an Epidemic
13
Landscapes of Desire
43
The Honesty
84
The Naked Truth
124
Sacred Cows
161
Articles of Faith
188
HIV Shoots
227
Ants in the SugarBowl
269
Full Circle
301
Notes
327
Bibliography
347
Index
365
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About the author (2008)

Elizabeth Pisani has lived in Indonesia at various times over the past twenty-five years, originally as a journalist and later as an HIV epidemiologist. The author of The Wisdom of Whores, she is based in London.

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