The Wisdom of Whores Bureaucrats Brothels and the Business of AIDS When people ask Elizabeth Pisani what she does for a living she says sex and drugs As an epidemiologist researching AIDS she s been involved with international efforts to halt the disease for fourt

  • Title: The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS
  • Author: Elizabeth Pisani
  • ISBN: 9780393066623
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When people ask Elizabeth Pisani what she does for a living, she says, sex and drugs As an epidemiologist researching AIDS, she s been involved with international efforts to halt the disease for fourteen years With swashbuckling wit and fierce honesty, she dishes on herself and her colleagues as they try to prod reluctant governments to fund HIV prevention for the peopWhen people ask Elizabeth Pisani what she does for a living, she says, sex and drugs As an epidemiologist researching AIDS, she s been involved with international efforts to halt the disease for fourteen years With swashbuckling wit and fierce honesty, she dishes on herself and her colleagues as they try to prod reluctant governments to fund HIV prevention for the people who need it most drug injectors, gay men, sex workers, and johns.Pisani chats with flamboyant Indonesian transsexuals about their boob jobs and watches Chinese streetwalkers turn away clients because their SUVs aren t nice enough With verve and clarity, she shows the general reader how her profession really works how easy it is to draw wrong conclusions from objective data and, shockingly, how much money is spent so very badly Exhibit A the 45 billion taxpayer dollars the Bush administration is committing to international AIDS programs.

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    1. I wrote this book so of course I think it's fantastic. But if you want more objective opinions, you will find all reviews so far (good and bad) at www/the-wisdom/reviews

    2. The arrival in 1994 of HIV and AIDS to the London School of Hygiene's curriculum led Elizabeth Pisani, a former journalist and scholar of classical Chinese, to contemplate "a career in sex and drugs." The Wisdom of Whores recounts her work for (and increasingly against) the funding and technical juggernauts of UNAIDS, Family Health International (FHI), the World Bank, the WHO, and the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in defining and surveilling upon HIV and AIDS. Pisani collec [...]

    3. What a difference a title makes!!!Sexual Ecology: AIDS and the Destiny of Gay Men by Gabriel RotelloIs a far more interesting and informative book, but with a dull title it only has 8 ratings and 2 reviews. Compare to the 288 ratings for this book! I don't know what the title is suppose to mean,there's no "wisdom" from the whores that are interviewed. I guess it would make sense if the author considers herself a whore,but I doubt that's the case. Over 300 tedious pages,about 49% of the time the [...]

    4. Elizabeth Pisani’s book, The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS, while choc-a-bloc full of policy and statistics, lacks the whore’s-eye view the title first leads the reader to believe. While The Wisdom of Whores is certainly a well-written and eminently useful insider’s take on international HIV/AIDS policy, I fail to see the relevance of the title. Pisani’s Whores actively calls into question the very “Sacred Cows” of sex worker rights and HIV/AIDS act [...]

    5. June 2016 re-read: I graduated from my MSc. in Epidemiology last week, so I thought I would re-read the book that started it all: The Wisdom of Whores. I first read this book back in 2010 and it literally changed my life. I was in the middle of a degree in International Development, and my main interest was in Global Health, with a particular emphasis on HIV. I was really unclear about what I wanted to do with my life and was increasingly dissatisfied with the largely ineffective development wor [...]

    6. Además de un estilo magistral para dejar claro su punto sobre la relación sexo, drogas y VIH/SIDA, Pisani logra que hagamos un recorrido con ella, a lo largo de su libro, sobre cómo la humanidad nos las ingeniamos para hacer cosas realmente estúpidas, perdiendo completamente de vista incluso que nuestra vida puede estar en riesgo, solo por buscar nuestro placer.No se refiere solo al placer sexual o recreativo de las drogas, pero este par sí abarca demasiado cuando se habla de HIV/SIDA.Por u [...]

    7. Elizabeth Pisani knows how to make banal things sexy. I’m not convinced that a job writing manuals at UNAIDs or consultancies helping government setup monitoring systems is really the stuff that gets the heart pumping. But Pisani trounces my skepticism, using her experience as an anchor for compellingly, well-argued observations about development, research and HIV.The first third of the book is focused on Pisani’s transition from a journalist in Hong Kong to a scientist writing cook-books on [...]

    8. I am getting older. Yes yes, I know we all are, but this is my story, so shush yourself. I am getting older, and so are my family and friends and colleagues. Not all, mind you, but enough. Too many. I’m watching them age, and I think to myself, they are getting smaller. They are shrinking their worlds, their experiences, their understanding of the world. The world that changes. They are not keeping up, they are not challenging their own conventions and beliefs. Maybe they aren’t getting smal [...]

    9. Hay quienes cruzan el infierno o nadan en el río que lleva a él y como los intocables, surgen más puros o más humanos, lo que escojas como resultado. En la lucha contra la enfermedad humana, SIDA o malaria o lepra, o plaga o el cáncer, hubo y hay quienes trascendiendo su historia primate o irracional, dan resultados, contienen o contribuyen a su contención y retratan lo mejor del ser, de lo profundamente humano, sin lágrimas ni conmiseración ni pena. Son faros, iluminan la temible oscuri [...]

    10. Pisani has been working in AIDS research pretty much since its inception, at all the big organizations: UNAIDS, WHO, CDC, World Bank, Ministries of Health in China, Indonesia, East Timor, and the Philippines. She tells the story of the evolution of AIDS programs, which started out as shamefully poorly funded and are now overwhelmed with badly managed donor money. Personal and political ideologies have blocked the most effective programs, channeled money toward populations that don't need it, use [...]

    11. Having been on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic in the United States when it was still called GRID, (Gay Related Immune Deficiency) I have watched in stunned horror as our Government refused to earmark money for AIDS education and research, and limited money to countries that were, sensibly enough, distributing condoms to sex workers and people with multiple partners. I have been far too close to the actuality of people dying to stand back and get this broad overview. I'm delighted that Eliz [...]

    12. This is a damn good book and should be read by anyone even tangentially associated with the aid (and, better yet, AIDS) industry. Having recently left yet another big international development mtng (where I successfully won a round of bullshit bingo!), I sympathize with both Pisani's passion and frustration with the perplexing way in which development resources are used.

    13. I thought this was a really fascinating book - about AIDS, about international organisations, about epidemiology, about statistics, about health, about people. It's incredibly readable and straightforward but still manages to explain really complicated issues. I liked the way Pisani structured it around her own life and career, though that might not appeal to some other readers. I did find myself getting a bit bored of her disdain for political correctness - the point really didn't need to be la [...]

    14. The author is a journalist-turned-epidemiologist. She has a master's degree in Classical Chinese from Oxford University. She also speaks Spanish, French and Bahasa Indonesian. She has a doctorate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Pisani is very outspoken. She criticizes the political Left for saying that AIDS is a threat to everyone, because it takes the focus away from high-risk groups such as prostitutes and drug addicts. She also cri [...]

    15. In The Wisdom of Whores; Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS, Elizabeth Pisani, takes an incisive look at the sex trade, HIV/AIDS prevention strategies and the operations of national and international non-governmental organizations. Ms. Pisani, an epidemiologist who has worked with UNAIDS, the World Bank and other organizations and governments takes a no-holds barred approach to the issue. What works? What doesn’t? How can governments and multi-nationals spend their HIV/AIDS budgets [...]

    16. If you like reading about activist manipulation of facts, government cover-ups, epidemiological facts about HIV, or up-close-and-personal descriptions of the seedy underbelly of several countries, you will probably enjoy this book. The author, a journalist turned epidemiologist who hooked up with studying AIDS just before funding kicked into high gear, is blunt but eye-opening. She describes how she and her coworkers "beat-up" the facts to scare "rich countries" into providing money to fight AID [...]

    17. She gets the boring stuff out of the way first -- a tour of U.N. bureaucracies and statistics-gathering methods -- before setting off on what amounts to a galloping rant about common knowledge, our perception, of AIDS and why it spreads. Lots of received wisdom gets demolished here -- I felt pretty much like an idiot at some points. For example, she evaporates the widespread trust in "peer advocacy" by citing a personal anecdote in which a skeletal, angry, dying "AIDS counselor" gets to tell a p [...]

    18. This was an interesting book, certainly countercultural, which impresses me. Some of her reporting seems quite radical, as she suggests that the staggering numbers related to AIDS that the rest of us are accustomed to hearing are exaggerated by a lot. As it is so radical, I would like to check her sources and research methods, just to be sure that she is not allowing her cynicism to color her reporting. Her take on human trafficking disappointed me, as she claims in all her research to not have [...]

    19. This book is an epidemiologist's take on conducting field work for AIDS research. She is candid about her experience and the lessons that the various people she encounters from all types of various backgrounds have to teach her and her colleagues about society, common sense and practical matters. I didn't quite manage to get through the whole book before I had to return it to the library. The accounts range from humorous to maddening and frustrating. It offers hope that the public health communi [...]

    20. It took me forever to finish this book. I wanted to get a more eastern perspective on AIDS after reading "And The Band Played On", and Pisani is certainly the expert in the field. I can not say that this book is the page turner that ATBPO was, but what I can say is this book is about data Tons of data; how they collected data, what data is wrong, how to get correct data, the meetings where they discussed data, how data can effect public policy and public opinion. It was far too much data to keep [...]

    21. Saya baca terjemahannya yang terbit bersamaan dengan edisi Inggrisnya. Sebuah buku yang menarik karena informatif dan provokatif, terutama bagi mereka yang berkecimpung dalam isu HIV/AIDS. Karena ditulis dengan gaya bahasa populer -- penulisnya ahli epidemiologi dan mantan jurnalis -- maka orang awam lebih mudah mengerti ketika membaca tentang angka-angka hasil survei tentang AIDS. Penulis melontarkan sejumlah argumen yang asik untuk diperdebatkan misalnya tentang penggunaan kondom, meningkatnya [...]

    22. This book is a searing commentary on the state of the HIV/AIDS prevention/treatment world- or at least the author's take on it. I really appreciated, however, her criticisms and critiques and think that it's important to be constantly analyzing and re-analyzing one's work and field. Some will find this book controversial and it is in many ways, but she also has some useful comments. Great for anyone working this field or interested in understanding some of the complexities in the HIV/AIDS world. [...]

    23. I'm kind of on the fence about this one. It's from the perspective of an insider to AIDS advocacy work, and she's fairly harsh about the way things have been approached and the politics that are involved. I think a lot of her cynicism is probably justified, but her attack on the link between AIDS and poverty made me feel a little uncomfortable, as did a lot of her discussion about AIDS in Africa. I'm still thinking about the book and may end up changing my mind about it several times.

    24. A wonderful informative and actually entertaining book on a subject that you would imagine to be dry and depressing. Elizabeth has a great voice and allows personality and humanity to take hold of the subject matter rather than an bury the reader with mind numbing facts. Perhaps if the subject matter was dealt with in our communities, schools and even homes with the same informative yet humanizing approach progress would be more than a goal.

    25. The author needs to learn how to get out of her own damn way when she's writing. She clearly has a lot of interesting things to say about the business of aids prevention, but the substantive points compete for space with the author's need to share with the reader what a bad ass life she lives as a globe trotting epidemiologist who hangs out with sex workers and junkies.

    26. Ini menguatkan kecurigaan slama ini:Jadi ya, tetap SEX inti penyebaran HIV/AIDS. mengatasi/melampaui sebab pergantian jarum suntik narkoba Perilaku user yg slalu 'high' dlm bbrp hal, termasuk urusan seksualitas, maka di sinilah titik terjadinya dan menyebarnya infeksi.

    27. Good bridge/gap-filler between dissenter and conventional literature, though it doesn't mean to be.

    28. I'd love to watch her and Paul Farmer discuss AIDS epidemiology and effective preventions. That would be fun.

    29. Great book for anyone interested in public health or HIV.I worked as a HIV test counselor for a year and still learned many things from this book.Amazing read.

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