- Hardcover: 1070 pages
- Publisher: Little Brown & Co; 1 edition (September 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316372617
- ISBN-13: 978-0316372619
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 2.2 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 70 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The River : A Journey to the Source of HIV and AIDS Hardcover – September 1, 1999
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For all the devastation and suffering AIDS has caused worldwide, we have devoted surprisingly little attention to its beginnings. Former UN official and BBC correspondent Edward Hooper hopes to find the source of AIDS in The River, a stunningly comprehensive yet deeply engaging scientific history of the disease. Through more than 10 years of research comprising over 600 interviews and untold hours of library work, Hooper has uncovered a complex, interlocking set of stories--of scientific research, of medical assistance to the Third World, of political and economic exigencies that drive the courses of our lives--and brought them together in over 1,000 pages of text, footnotes, references, and illustrations.
His thesis, that HIV made the jump from simians to humans via the administration of oral polio vaccine in Africa in the 1950s, is still controversial, but his arguments are powerful, broad, and undeniable--all that is lacking is conclusive proof. Like a good scientist (and, sad to say, unlike any HIV researcher to date), he offers several easy tests of his hypothesis. His tales of brilliant epidemiological deductions, biochemical comparisons, and physiological insights ought to convince the medical establishment that the answer can and should be found, both to help us deal with the current crisis and to keep us from creating new ones of its ilk. In a litigation-weary world, though, it seems that it will take the kind of tireless, impartial research found in The River to show us--and our leaders--that blame should take a back seat to truth when extreme circumstances demand it. --Rob Lightner
From Library Journal
For possibly thousands of years, the simian precursor to the AIDS virus existed among chimpanzees in central Africa. How did it jump species to humans? And why did it happen in the middle of the 20th century? Hooper's radical conclusion is that it was passed on as the result of well-meaning but misguided human intervention. He contends that experimental polio vaccines that were administered widely among populations near where AIDS emerged were manufactured from infected chimp kidneys. The author, a BBC correspondent in Africa, spent over a decade researching this book, in which he quotes from hundreds of interviews and cites thousands of articles from medical journals; his views cannot be easily dismissed. Aware that his theory is controversial, he calls for an independent council of scientists to investigate the matter. Whether that occurs or not, Hooper raises many issues that merit the attention of the global medical community. This very readable book is for all libraries.AGregg Sapp, Univ. of Miami Lib., Coral Gables
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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and from allthe other research i have read about on the subject his still seems the most plausable.
anyone who reads this book will come off with a greater understanding of the path of hiv from its possible origin and initial spread.
I purchased the book in hardback. The paperback edition came out a year after the 1999 hardback edition and is somewhat more up to date on Mr. Hooper's research, so I believe it is better to buy the paperback edition.
The problem with the book is that it is large and very heavy, making it a challenge to hold for long stretches. I very much hope Mr. Hooper's next book will be published in Kindle format.
I'm only 700 pages into The River, but I'm certain that I'll finish it, and I'll certainly buy anything more that Mr. Hooper publishes on this topic.
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As a Biochemist Edward Hooper has written a fantastic book in my opinion.