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

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

Elizabeth Pisani


“[A] rollicking, eye-opening, hilarious account of the underbelly of foreign AIDS research.”—Carlin Romano, Philadelphia Inquirer

As an epidemiologist studying AIDS, Elizabeth Pisani has been concerned with foreign efforts to halt the illness for fourteen years. With swashbuckling wit, fierce honesty, and greater than a bit political incorrectness, she dishes on herself and her colleagues as they struggle to prod reluctant governments to fund HIV prevention for the folk who desire it so much: drug injectors, homosexual males, intercourse employees, and johns. With verve and readability, Pisani indicates the overall reader how her career quite works; how effortless it really is to attract improper conclusions from “objective” information; and, shockingly, how much cash is spent so very badly. 12 illustrations

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