Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
The goal of this book, according to the editors, is to "shift the predominant
understandings generated by biomedical and epidemiological research, recognizing
that HIV transmission in sub-Saharan Africa is a complex and regionally specific
phenomenon rooted in local economies, deepening poverty, migration, gender,
war, global economies, and cultural politics."
Therefore, I expected a comprehensive overview of these issues in a
cohesive volume. Instead, I found the content and construction of variable
quality. Sweeping and sensational statements are made in some of the chapters,
and the predominant focus is on economics, but, overall, I believe the volume
is an informative and insightful read. Any work that can bring much-needed
attention to the plights of persons both infected and affected by the HIV/AIDS
epidemic in this depressed and disproportionately represented region of the
world deserves notice.
Norman LR. HIV, Africa. JAMA. 2004;292(2):275-276. doi:10.1001/jama.292.2.275