The Wisdom of Whores

The Wisdom of Whores : Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of Aids

By (author) Elizabeth Pisani


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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.

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.74 x 22.86mm | 294.83g
  • 21 Sep 2009
  • WW Norton & Co
  • New York
  • English
  • 0393337650
  • 9780393337655
  • 366,020

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Elizabeth Pisani has lived in Indonesia at various times over the past twenty-five years, originally as a journalist and later as an HIV epidemiologist. The author of The Wisdom of Whores and Indonesia Etc., she is based in London.

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"The book will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew about HIV/AIDS." -- Katie Hunter "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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