The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS by Elizabeth Pisani | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS

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

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by Elizabeth Pisani
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393066622

ISBN-13: 9780393066623

Pub. Date: 06/17/2008

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

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

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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 most—drug 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393066623
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/17/2008
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents


Author's Note     xi
Acknowledgements     xiii
Preface: The Accidental Epidemiologist     1
Cooking Up an Epidemic     13
Landscapes of Desire     43
The Honesty Box     84
The Naked Truth     124
Sacred Cows     161
Articles of Faith     188
HIV Shoots Up     227
Ants in the Sugar-Bowl     269
Full Circle     301
Notes     327
Bibliography     347
Index     365

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