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The river : a journey to the source of HIV and AIDS / by Edward Hooper.

Hooper, Edward (Edward Jonathan) [Browse]
Boston, MA : Little, Brown and Co., c1999.
1st ed.
xxxiii, 1070 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Summary note:
  • "Based on over a decade of research, involving more than 600 interviews and analysis of more than 4,000 scientific texts, The River examines the myriad theories about the origin of the AIDS epidemic - and reaches a stunning and startling conclusion." "Since the early nineties, serious HIV researchers have been aware that the most common variant of HIV - human immunodeficiency virus - is the direct descendant of an SIV - simian immunodeficiency virus - carried by African chimpanzees.".
  • "Many doctors and scientists think the transfer was "natural," the result of human/chimp encounters - either from the keeping of chimps as pets, or from hunting and skinning chimps for food.".
  • "Others, including Edward Hooper, believe it more likely that the transfer was the result of American and European medical interventions in Africa during the 1950s - and specifically the administration of more than a million doses of an experimental oral polio vaccine, some batches of which may have been manufactured from chimp kidneys. The maps of vaccinations and early AIDS cases are extraordinarily similar."--BOOK JACKET.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Foreword / Bill Hamilton -- Prologue: A Note on Sources - And Exploring Rivers -- Introduction: John Snow and the Water Pump -- I. The River in Cross Section: Frozen Moments of Flow -- II. From Trickle to Flood: The Early Spread of AIDS -- III. A New Hypothesis of Source -- IV. European Feeders -- V. The Passage Through the Pools -- VI. Whirlpools and Sinkholes -- VII. Charting the Course -- VIII. How a River is Born -- App. A. Arguments For and Against the OPV/AIDS Hypothesis -- App. B. Experiments and Investigations That Could Be Conducted to Shed Further Light on the OPV/AIDS Hypothesis.
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