AIDS in Africa / Edition 2

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Overview

This comprehensive reference book addresses the unique challenges facing many African nations as poor infrastructure and economics continue to obstruct access to advanced treatments and AIDS care training. It takes into account the context of settings with limited resources. Information on how to best utilize existing resources and prioritize scaling-up of infrastructure is a critical aspect of this book for those working in HIV/AIDS-related fields in Africa.

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Editorial Reviews

John A. Robinson
This book is written by specialists from three continents. Some of the authors are authorities in HIV; others may be well known throughout Africa and in some parts of the WHO community, but they do not have a high visibilty in the U.S. The format is traditional without any unique features. The purpose is apparently (although it is only implied) to highlight unusual or unique features of HIV in Africa. The intended audience is infectious disease specialists and some public health personnel. This book has more than the usual amount of flaws encountered in a multiauthored book. It is not current, with most of its references dating to 1991 or earlier. The quality of the chapters is very uneven; strikingly, almost a third of the book is devoted to HIV knowledge that is not unique to Africa. Put another way, the book is overblown and could have been written in a much more concise fashion with a secondary benefit of reducing its extraordinary price of $160 to something in a morereasonable range. Its scientific content is immediately tarnished by the almost inevitable politicized introduction by a journalist; however, some chapters are quite valuable, especially chapter 5 and most in chapters in section 2. Conversely, there are several very poor chapters, especially the one in which the author provides five good reasons why estimates and projections of HIV in sub-Sahara Africa are almost impossible to make and then proceeds to write 15 pages making projections!Finally, chapter 27 on the economic importance of AIDS is an extraordinary exercise in fantasy. The economics of Africa, per se, are not understood in the least, but the author attempts to relate that non-knowledge to the effects of adisease that is very difficult to predict. Some chapters in this book will be valuable for readers interested in the uniqueness of African AIDS, but other than those, the book is not very useful.
From The Critics
Specialists in several medical fields from Africa and elsewhere update the reference to reflect changing conditions and prospects during the eight years since the first edition. Among the intervening events are millions of deaths and new infections so that AIDS has now surpassed the bubonic plague of the 14th century as the most deadly epidemic, a shift of some attention from Europe and the US to Africa, the emergence and in some cases availability of drugs effective in treatment, and renewed commitments by international agencies and foundations. The information is intended to be useful to those engaged in the struggle and a call to arms for others to join. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Booknews
An expert detailing of the primary biomedical, epidemiologic, and human realities that characterize the first decade of the AIDS epidemic in Africa. The volume's 33 chapters are organized into six sections: biology and etiology, epidemiology, clinical manifestations and treatments, preventive strategies, social and economic impact, and geographic variations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: John A. Robinson, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This book is written by specialists from three continents. Some of the authors are authorities in HIV; others may be well known throughout Africa and in some parts of the WHO community, but they do not have a high visibilty in the U.S. The format is traditional without any unique features.
Purpose: The purpose is apparently (although it is only implied) to highlight unusual or unique features of HIV in Africa.
Audience: The intended audience is infectious disease specialists and some public health personnel.
Features: This book has more than the usual amount of flaws encountered in a multiauthored book. It is not current, with most of its references dating to 1991 or earlier. The quality of the chapters is very uneven; strikingly, almost a third of the book is devoted to HIV knowledge that is not unique to Africa. Put another way, the book is overblown and could have been written in a much more concise fashion with a secondary benefit of reducing its extraordinary price of $160 to something in a morereasonable range. Its scientific content is immediately tarnished by the almost inevitable politicized introduction by a journalist; however, some chapters are quite valuable, especially chapter 5 and most in chapters in section 2. Conversely, there are several very poor chapters, especially the one in which the author provides five good reasons why estimates and projections of HIV in sub-Sahara Africa are almost impossible to make and then proceeds to write 15 pages making projections!Finally, chapter 27 on the economic importance of AIDS is an extraordinary exercise in fantasy. The economics of Africa, per se, are not understood in the least, but the author attempts to relate that non-knowledge to the effects of a disease that is very difficult to predict.
Assessment: Some chapters in this book will be valuable for readers interested in the uniqueness of African AIDS, but other than those, the book is not very useful.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306466991
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 2002
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 724
  • Product dimensions: 1.63 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 7.00 (d)

Table of Contents

I: Pathogenesis. 1. Introduction: The Etiology of AIDS; M. Essex, S. Mboup. 2. The Molecular Virology of HIV-1; M. Montano, C. Williamson. 3. Immunopathogenesis of AIDS; L. Zijenah, D. Katzenstein. 4. Effect of Genetic Variation on HIV Transmission and Progression to AIDS; C.A. Winkle, S.J. O'Brien. 5. Biology of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 2 (HIV-2); P.J. Kanki, J-L. Sankalé, S. Mboup. 6. Simian Immunodeficiency Viruses and the Origin of HIVs; O.M. Diop, et al. II: Detection and Monitoring of HIV Infection and Disease. 7. Serodiagnosis of HIV Infection; A. Guèye-Ndiaye. 8. Molecular Diagnosis of HIV Infection; B. Renjifo. 9. Monitoring HIV-1 Subtype Distribution; F.R. Barin, et al. 10. Monitoring Viral Load; P.J. Kanki, I. Mani. 11. Monitoring Immune Function; G. Biberfeld, E. Lyamuya. III: Epidemiology. 12. The Epidemiology of HIV and AIDS; P. Piot, M. Bartos. 13. Transmission of HIV; S. Kristensen, et al. 14. Role of Sexually Transmitted Diseases in HIV Transmission; S.H. Kapiga, et al. 15. Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV; A. Willoughby. 16. HIV-1 Subtypes and Recombinants; B. Renjifo, M. Essex. 17. Current Estimates and Projections for the Epidemic; K.A. Stanecki, N. Walker. IV: Clinical Spectrum and Treatment of HIV-Related Diseases. 18. Clinical Diagnosis of AIDS and HIV-Related Diseases; C.L. Onen. 19. Antiretroviral Therapy in Resource-limited Settings; A. Amoroso, et al. 20. HIV-1 Drug Resistance; M.A. Wainberg, B.G. Brenner. 21. Opportunistic Infections; R. Colebunders, et al. 22. Tuberculosis; R. Ridzon, H. Mayanga-Kizza. 23. HIV Infection and Cancer; R. Newton, et al. 24. Challenges and Opportunities for Nurses; S.D. Tlou. 25. Home-Based Care; Q.A. Karim, et al. 26. Nutrition and HIV Infection; A.K. Kiure, et al. 27. Access to HIV and AIDS Care; K. Ramanathan, et al. V: Pediatric HIV Infection and Disease. 28. Diagnosis of Pediatric HIV Infection; C. Luo, B. Coulter. 29. Treatment of HIV in Children Using Antiretroviral Drugs; G.M. Anabwani, M.W. Kline. 30. Pediatric Opportunistic Infections; S. Lockman, K. McIntosh. VI: Prevention of HIV Infection. 31. Male Condoms and Circumcision; R.L. Shapiro, S.H. Kapiga. 32. Female Condoms and Microbicides; E. Esu-Williams, K. Blanchard. 33. Behavioral Change: Goals and Means; P. Kebaabetswe, K. F. Norr. 34. Voluntary Counseling and Testing; E. Marum, et al. 35. Prevention of Perinatal Transmission of HIV; S. Le Coeur, M. Lallemant. 36. Prevention of Breast Milk Transmission of HIV: Balancing the Benefits and the Risks; R. Nduati, D. Mbori-Ngacha. 37. Postexposure Prophylaxis for Occupational Exposure and Sexual Assault; E. Bouvet, et al. VII: Vaccine Development. 38. The Need for a Vaccine; S. Berkley. 39. HIV Vaccines: Design and Development; T-H Lee, V. Novitsky. 40. HIV-1 Vaccine Testing, Trial Design, and Ethics; P.B. Gilbert, J. Esparza. VIII: Impact and Response. 41. Regional Variations in the African Epidemics; M. Essex, S. Mboup. Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2003

    Review from Choice Magazine, Vol. 40 No. 07

    This updated and authoritative review of Africa's experience will be helpful to health care providers, researchers, and policy planners, not only in Africa but throughout the world, since Africa has had higher rates of HIV infection and more experience with AIDS than other regions. Summing Up: Recommended. Appropriate for all levels.--J.M. Howe, AIDS Information Center, VA Headquarters (DC)

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