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December 25, 1996

AIDS in Post-Communist Russia and Its Successor States

Author Affiliations

The Rockefeller Foundation New York, NY


by Christopher Williams, 216 pp, with illus, $59.95, ISBN 1-85628-570-7, Aldershot, England, Avebury, Brookfield, Vt, Ashgate Publishing Co, 1995.

JAMA. 1996;276(24):1992-1993. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540240070038

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The author's declared purpose for this book is to "provide Western specialists and the general reader alike with a greater awareness of the extent of the HIV/AIDS problem in the Post Communist Russia and her successor states." This he does. It is unfortunate, however, that the book has been directed to those in the West, as I am sure some of the detailed review of policies and historical contexts would be useful reading for those involved with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the former socialist economies. For those in the West, however, I suspect that technical specialists will find the book lacking in discussion of some of the key issues of importance, and general readers will find it too detailed for their tastes. The overall story line is one we have seen repeated too many times during this epidemic: a country, Russia, starts in