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

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


By (author) Elizabeth Pisani

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 23mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 21 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393337650
  • ISBN 13: 9780393337655
  • Sales rank: 363,009

Product description

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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Author information

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.

Review quote

"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