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The Zombie Curse: A Doctor's 25-Year Journey Into the Heart of the AIDS Epidemic in Haiti

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Nothing in his background, education, or training prepared him for the journey that lay ahead. The death and misery were devastating, the disease frustrating and mysterious, and the spiritual toll as catastrophic as the physical. It soon became apparent that science alone could not win this epic battle. We follow Dr. Fournier to Haiti where he searches for ways to treat patients with AIDS not simply the physical symptoms, but also the stereotyping and blame heaped on both the victims and even the doctors that tend to them. In large measure it is the generous spirit of a proud people that move and motivate Fournier, ultimately releasing him from his own zombie curse. This memoir of a dedicated doctor battling the AIDS epidemic in Haiti does more than chronicle the story of a horrible disease. It is a moving tribute to the abundant courage, resilience, and dignity of a people beset by tragedy.

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"Fournier sends out a cry from the front lines about the overwhelming role poverty plays in the spread of AIDS. His awakening came in the early 1980s when, as a faculty physician at the University of Miami Medical School, he saw AIDS spreading through the city's Haitian population. He tells stories of patients — men, women and children — with clear signs of AIDS (believed at that time to be a disease of gay men and drug users) and how they were stigmatized by medical personnel. Among others, Fournier gives a moving account of Regis, a Haitian dentist who, may have contacted the virus through his work in medically primitive conditions. The author became completely committed to understanding this illness, and with supportive colleagues he traveled many times to Haiti and founded Project Medishare, devoted to improving Haiti's health-care system. He was especially successful in the town of Thomonde, establishing an initiative to train physicians and nurses. Fournier offers brutal descriptions of the poverty that fuels AIDS in Haiti, a country where malnutrition reigns, young women are forced into prostitution and orphanages abound. B&w photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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More than a chronicle of a horrible disease, this memoir of a dedicated doctor battling the Haitian AIDS epidemic is a moving tribute to the abundant courage, resilience and dignity of a people beset by the tragedies of illness and poverty. Fournier, a physician at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital, has witnessed the AIDS epidemic from its beginnings and demonstrates convincingly the contribution of poverty and despair to the disease's devastation.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

More than a chronicle of a horrible disease, this memoir of a dedicated doctor battling the Haitian AIDS epidemic is a moving tribute to the abundant courage, resilience and dignity of a people beset by the tragedies of illness and poverty. Fournier, a physician at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital, has witnessed the AIDS epidemic from its beginnings and demonstrates convincingly the contribution of poverty and despair to the disease's devastation. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This memoir of a dedicated doctor battling the AIDS epidemic in Haiti does more than chronicle the story of a horrible disease. It is a moving tribute to the abundant courage, resilience, and dignity of a people beset by tragedy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780309097369
Author:
Fournier, Arthur M.
Publisher:
Joseph Henry Press
With:
Herlihy, Daniel
Subject:
Health Care Delivery
Subject:
AIDS & HIV
Subject:
AIDS (Disease)
Subject:
Physicians
Subject:
Medical - General
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies - General
Subject:
AIDS (Disease) -- Haiti.
Subject:
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
Subject:
Biography/Medical
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
313
Dimensions:
9.18x6.70x1.25 in. 1.43 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Fournier sends out a cry from the front lines about the overwhelming role poverty plays in the spread of AIDS. His awakening came in the early 1980s when, as a faculty physician at the University of Miami Medical School, he saw AIDS spreading through the city's Haitian population. He tells stories of patients — men, women and children — with clear signs of AIDS (believed at that time to be a disease of gay men and drug users) and how they were stigmatized by medical personnel. Among others, Fournier gives a moving account of Regis, a Haitian dentist who, may have contacted the virus through his work in medically primitive conditions. The author became completely committed to understanding this illness, and with supportive colleagues he traveled many times to Haiti and founded Project Medishare, devoted to improving Haiti's health-care system. He was especially successful in the town of Thomonde, establishing an initiative to train physicians and nurses. Fournier offers brutal descriptions of the poverty that fuels AIDS in Haiti, a country where malnutrition reigns, young women are forced into prostitution and orphanages abound. B&w photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , This memoir of a dedicated doctor battling the AIDS epidemic in Haiti does more than chronicle the story of a horrible disease. It is a moving tribute to the abundant courage, resilience, and dignity of a people beset by tragedy.
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