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This review is from: Virus Hunt: The search for the origin of HIV/AIDs (Hardcover)
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This book is an in depth look at the hunt for the origins of HIV. It covers the interrelated fields of zoology, virology, medicine, genetics and epidemiology and traces HIV and it's variants across history and the globe. The largely unacknowledged (at least popularly) work of behind the scene scientists eclipsed by the more sensational faces of HIV/AIDS in politics and persons, is here examined and logged. The tone is one of calm excitement in pursuing interrelated mysteries as to where this particular pandemic came from and how it took hold to such devastating effect.
I found it fascinating. That being said, as a Nurse who has worked in the field of HIV care and as an unfortunate host to one variant of the virus in question I am reasonably well read on the subject and am unphased by some (if not all!) of the scientific terminology with which this book inevitably bulges.
I have noted the genre of popularising science in which authors attempt to transcribe their specialist knowledge into a format which reads like fiction in order to make it more accessible (The best example of which, in my opinion, is Biography of a Germ by Arno Karlen who in 2001 documented the history and life of Borrelia burgdorfen the cause of Lyme Disease). I wondered from the title and blurb whether this book would follow a similar over all approach but in fact it is much more straight forward science.
Well researched, well referenced and, to a degree, accessible, it would be of interest to anyone with a serious interest in HIV or pandemic sciences