>The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS by Elizabeth Pisani
In this book, Pisani explores the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South East Asia. She focuses mostly on complexities of the epidemic in marginalized populations (sex workers, men who have sex with men, transsexuals, drug users), and forces the reader to rethink his or her “knowledge” about HIV/AIDS.
>Rx for Survival : Why We Must Rise to the Global Health Challenge by Philip Hilts
A New York Times reporter’s eye-opening call to arms in the fight against epidemic diseases. Today, we face a great choice. Philip Hilts, a prizewinning journalist for the New York Times and the Washington Post, argues in this report on global epidemic diseases that the world’s leading nations now have the means to win the fight against “the coming plague” but they must act quickly or face grave consequences. Based on firsthand visits to disease hot spots around the world and in-depth interviews with leading researchers and other medical pioneers working on the ground, who are the major forces pushing for a coordinated world campaign, Hilts tells the inspiring stories of remarkably simple but powerful new approaches that are leading to astonishing success.
Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor” by Paul Farmer
Farmer discusses how political and economic factors, rather than chance, determine who will suffer from treatable diseases and other unnecessary afflictions. He argues that our competition-driven market economy negatively influences those living in underdeveloped nations. The interwoven stories of some of the people Farmer has helped while working abroad illustrate his points.