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The Wisdom of Whores

Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS

Elizabeth Pisani (Author)

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

As an epidemiologist researching AIDS, Elizabeth Pisani has been involved with international efforts to halt the disease for fourteen years. With swashbuckling wit, fierce honesty, and more than a little political incorrectness, 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. With verve and clarity, Pisani 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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • September 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33765-5
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 400 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide, excluding Canada, the British Commonwealth and the European Union.

Endorsements & Reviews

“The book will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew about HIV/AIDS.” — Katie Hunter, Foreign Policy

“This is an utterly fascinating book. . . . Elizabeth Pisani writes with enormous verve and acerbity, her prose alive with anecdote and metaphor. . . . The Wisdom of Whores is a great read.” — Stephen Lewis, The Globe and Mail

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