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Books, Journals, New Media
July 14, 2004

HIV, Africa

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2004;292(2):275-276. doi:10.1001/jama.292.2.275

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.