Dec 12, 10
Read in December, 2010
I think nearly everyone should read this - if they're going into health care, or public health, or working with HIV in the developed world or the undeveloped one. Helen Epstein really takes us through the history of HIV in Africa and the challenges in addressing it lucidly and with balance, without shying away from past failures or the good intentions (or bad) that fed those failures. Throughout the book she remains passionately convinced that we can do better, that we mustn't despair. The book is both clear in it's message and comprehensive in scope, and she manages to do all that without being too didactic or dry - her prose not only readable but enjoyable to read, which certainly helps one get through a book on such a heavy topic.