No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses

No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses

by Peter Piot


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"An invaluable portrait of the evolution of international health in recent decades." —William Bynum, Wall Street Journal

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393345513
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/06/2013
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 185,558
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Peter Piot, MD, PhD, is the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, former undersecretary general of the United Nations, and former executive director of UNAIDS. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1

Chapter 1 A Blue Flask of Virus 3

Chapter 2 Adventure at Last 18

Chapter 3 The Mission in Yambuku 29

Chapter 4 Ebola 42

Chapter 5 A Pseudo Outbreak and a Helicopter 58

Chapter 6 The Big Team 77

Part 2

Chapter 7 From Ebola to Sex and the Transmission of Infection 87

Chapter 8 America and Back 100

Chapter 9 Nairobi 108

Part 3

Chapter 10 A New Epidemic 121

Chapter 11 Projet SIDA 133

Chapter 12 Yambuku One More Time 148

Chapter 13 The Unfolding of an Epidemic 166

Chapter 14 Changing of the Guard 181

Part 4

Chapter 15 An International Bureaucrat 193

Chapter 16 Sharks in the Water 214

Chapter 17 Getting the Basics Right 233

Chapter 18 The Lesson of the Chameleon/Bringing Together the Brilliant Coalition 246

Chapter 19 The Tipping Point 273

Chapter 20 The Price of Life 297

Chapter 21 A War Chest for AIDS 316

Chapter 22 An Unfinished Agenda 335

Epilogue 371

Acknowledgments 377

Index 381

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