No Time to Lose by Peter Piot
A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses

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...Dr. Piot tends to judge health executives and world leaders on how committed they have been to what he argues is the leading medical problem of our time. "No Time to Lose" is thus caustic at times...
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"An invaluable portrait of the evolution of international health in recent decades." —William Bynum, Wall Street Journal


When Peter Piot was in medical school, a professor warned, “There’s no future in infectious diseases. They’ve all been solved.” Fortunately, Piot ignored him, and the result has been an exceptional, adventure-filled career. In the 1970s, as a young man, Piot was sent to Central Africa as part of a team tasked with identifying a grisly new virus. Crossing into the quarantine zone on the most dangerous missions, he studied local customs to determine how this disease—the Ebola virus—was spreading. Later, Piot found himself in the field again when another mysterious epidemic broke out: AIDS. He traveled throughout Africa, leading the first international AIDS initiatives there. Then, as founder and director of UNAIDS, he negotiated policies with leaders from Fidel Castro to Thabo Mbeki and helped turn the tide of the epidemic. Candid and engrossing, No Time to Lose captures the urgency and excitement of being on the front lines in the fight against today’s deadliest diseases.
 

About Peter Piot

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Peter Piot, MD, PhD, is the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, former undersecretary general of the United Nations, and former executive director of UNAIDS. He lives in London.
 
Published May 28, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 417 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Travel, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by William Bynum on Jun 05 2012

...Dr. Piot tends to judge health executives and world leaders on how committed they have been to what he argues is the leading medical problem of our time. "No Time to Lose" is thus caustic at times...

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