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No Time to Lose

A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses

Piot, Peter

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
No Time to Lose
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When Peter Piot was in medical school, a professor warned, "There's no future in infectious diseases. They've all been solved." Fortunately, Piot ignored him, and the result has been an exceptional, adventure-filled career. In the 1970s, as a young man, Piot was sent to Central Africa as part of a team tasked with identifying a grisly new virus. Crossing into the quarantine zone on the most dangerous missions, he studied local customs to determine how this disease--the Ebola virus--was spreading. Later, Piot found himself in the field again when another mysterious epidemic broke out: AIDS. He traveled throughout Africa, leading the first international AIDS initiatives there. Then, as founder and director of UNAIDS, he negotiated policies with leaders from Fidel Castro to Thabo Mbeki and helped turn the tide of the epidemic. Candid and engrossing, No Time to Lose captures the urgency and excitement of being on the front lines in the fight against today's deadliest diseases.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 039306316X
9780393063165
Branch Call Number: 616.9101 P6627n 2012
Characteristics: xi, 387 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., map ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Marshall, Ruth 1961-

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In the 1970s, as a young man, the author was sent to Central Africa as part of a team tasked with identifying a grisly new virus. Crossing into the quarantine zone on the most dangerous missions, he studied local customs to determine how this disease--the Ebola virus--was spreading.

A microbiologist describes his adventure-filled career, discussing his time spent in Central Africa in the 1970s identifying the Ebola virus and his work there again in the 1980s as part of the area's first international AIDS efforts.

Imagine being one of the first scientists on the scene when the Ebola virus first appeared. This was just the first chapter in Peter Piot's astonishing career in epidemiology. The book will take you behind the scenes of the highly charged political world of international epidemiology.


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Apr 18, 2013
  • Jane60201 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This book is less exciting than the title would suggest. After some exciting adventures as a young man in Africa, the book deteriorates into his accounts of dealing with bureaucracies for the rest of his career.

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