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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book tracks the worldwide HIV/AIDS pandemic into its second decade to characterize and analyze its trends, efforts, successes, and failures. These analyses serve to provide a framework for informing and improving both current understanding and future responses.
Purpose: The book is an update of one first published in 1992 that tracked the development of AIDS globally to that point. This book extends the examination of the natural history of this pandemic, seeking to draw lessons important for prevention and control efforts in all parts of the world.
Audience: Books such as this are written for large, diverse audiences. There are many persons concerned about and wanting to expand their knowledge of the worldwide AIDS pandemic. The book is of special importance for public health practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and health professionals. The editors have impeccable credentials and credibility; more than 100 top-notch contributors skillfully interweave the book's major themes.
Features: The features include ample and useful tables, graphs, and charts that effectively convey data and information. References are excellent and up-to-date. The table of contents provides an understandable road map for the book.
Assessment: This is a powerful work that comprehensively examines the natural history of the global AIDS pandemic into its second decade. It builds on and greatly expands information and insights provided in the book's first edition (1992). The book concludes that although AIDS may enter different countries through different routes, it soon establishes itself in population groups that are marginalized, stigmatized, and discriminated against. As a result, prevention and control efforts will not be effective unless they address issues of societal vulnerability. Societal, program, and individual approaches must all be in place to alter the course of the global pandemic. This is a fascinating, provocative, and powerful book that will appeal to many audiences.