The Chimp and the River: How AIDS Emerged from an African Forest (2020)

The Chimp and the River: How AIDS Emerged from an African Forest David Quammen The Chimp and the River How AIDS Emerged from an African Forest The real story of AIDS how it originated with a virus in a chimpanzee jumped to one human and then infected than million people is very different from what most of us think we know Recent researc
  • Title: The Chimp and the River: How AIDS Emerged from an African Forest
  • Author: David Quammen
  • ISBN: 9780393350845
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Paperback
The Chimp and the River: How AIDS Emerged from an African Forest David Quammen The real story of AIDS how it originated with a virus in a chimpanzee, jumped to one human, and then infected than 60 million people is very different from what most of us think we know Recent research has revealed dark surprises and yielded a radically new scenario of how AIDS began and spread Excerpted and adapted from the book Spillover, with a new introduction bThe real story of AIDS how it originated with a virus in a chimpanzee, jumped to one human, and then infected than 60 million people is very different from what most of us think we know Recent research has revealed dark surprises and yielded a radically new scenario of how AIDS began and spread Excerpted and adapted from the book Spillover, with a new introduction by the author, Quammen s hair raising investigation tracks the virus from chimp populations in the jungles of southeastern Cameroon to laboratories across the globe, as he unravels the mysteries of when, where, and under what circumstances such a consequential spillover can happen An audacious search for answers amid than a century of data, The Chimp and the River tells the haunting tale of one of the most devastating pandemics of our time.
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  1. Charlene

    This is an excerpt from Spillover, with no new information So if you read Spillover, you can skip this If you have not read Spillover, I highly recommend this book Quammen is simply the best at writing about pandemics He provides a rich history along with a solid scientific understanding of the virus in question In this book, he focuses on AIDS If you want to know about the many other incredibly interesting viruses waiting to infect people, I highly recommend Spillover Quammen s writing style ma [...]

  2. Lauren

    FASCINATING It was a very short but interesting history of the origins of HIV and how it most likely spread to the global epidemic It is today.

  3. Netanella

    Wow Simply wow Superb writing and a harrowing subject the ecological origin of AIDS made this book a riveting read for me I wanted something different, and simply picked a winner.The Chimp and the River How AIDS Emerged from an African Forest is an extract from a larger book by the same author Spillover tells of various viruses SARS, Ebola, AIDS, and probably countless others that have jumped species, from animal to human Author Quammen writes about science, disease, and dense subjects with an e [...]

  4. Mitchell

    Basically an extract of the best chapter from Spillover Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, converted into a short book Frightening and insightful Sure the writing could have been a little less breezy, and pieces could have been a bit in depth But worth reading and understanding.

  5. David Msomba

    If you want to inform yourself about AIDS than relying on bunch of conspiracy theories,you have to read this fine work.David Quammen,went deep to bring the evidence of patient zero,how the disease shifted from primates to humans.I learn alot from this book,things I didn t even learn on medical schoolHighly recommended.

  6. Tony LiƱan

    I was dumb and didn t read the cover jacket to realize this was an excerpt from his previous book Spillover, so it was sort of a re read for me To me it reads like a crime novel, tracing the roots of crossover into humans If you haven t read Spillover, would recommend that over this book.

  7. Ubah Khasimuddin

    Interesting book giving a thesis on where and how the AIDS virus came about A short read, this book is thick with lots of details that a non biologist or health science professional like myself might find very hard to understand This is why I gave the book only two stars, while parts were fascinating and easily readable to the lay person, much of the detail was above my head I just wanted a story with simple to understand points, probably would have been better if I had just picked up the magazi [...]

  8. Kate Sherwood

    I generally like Quammen, and this is a good read, but there are a couple of caveats It s an expanded version of a chapter from Spillover, which means that it s both rather short 144 pages, about 25% of which is notes and references , and that it contains a lot of the same material I didn t think it was really worth it, as someone who has read Spillover He also spends a lot of time on an imagined scenario of how HIV AIDs entered humans and initially spread he invents a series of fictional charac [...]

  9. David

    I grew up in an era when vaccines had controlled or eliminated many diseases The future was bright, but then came AIDs It was my first pandemic and it was scary For years, patient zero was thought to be a promiscuous flight attendant, but subsequent research indicates the virus likely jumped from chimps to humans in the early 20th century via the slaughter of bush meat The virus likely entered a slaughterer s wound or cut and found that humans were suitable hosts From there it spread slowly amon [...]

  10. Sharon

    Well written, with plenty of little known facts and interesting suppositions, at least for me I remember following all the wild theories back in the 80 s, then it all just sort of went away, once it seemed that the entire human race wasn t going to be wiped out This certainly serves to fill in the gaps Of course, I m no scientist, so the fact part may or may not be absolutely correct, but, as an intelligent layman, it seems pretty well backed up Kept me reading, for sure.

  11. BMR, MSW, LSW

    I picked up this book after reading Somebody to Love, the latest Freddie Mercury biographyG disappointment, the actual science gets buried under a whole lot of speculation The author would have done well to stick to the actual known facts and leave out the PBS History Channel re enactment sections.I m ready to read The Origins of AIDS by Jacques Pepin now It s probably got facts than guesses.

  12. Chelsea

    It was a great short read It was written well with nice quirks of humor The author did a good job of explaining scientific concepts and ideas, someone with little to no experience in the sciences could even enjoy this read.

  13. Elizabeth Bauer

    When did the crossover from animal to human happen Interesting read into the study and science.

  14. Gary F

    Very well written A book that is short but full of info and very well written Traces the history of the dreaded decease in an intuitive manner

  15. Karen

    It s been a while since I read a book on AIDS I saw this book when I was getting other books on infectious disease, and put it aside for future reading I had read And the Band Played On about 20 years ago, when I started working in a Lab on HIV I knew so much had been found out concerning AIDS and where it came from But much of this book was a surprise to me I always felt that we didn t know the whole story about when AIDS actually started to infect the human race The research that has been done [...]

  16. Ann

    This short book is an excellent, engaging overview of the history of AIDS, especially with regards to its origins as a primate virus There is some history, some biology, some virology In true National Geographic style, there are trips into Africa and various AIDS labs around the world The famous race between researchers Gallo and Montagnier is touched upon, there are some references to Patient Zero , and there is some fascinating material about patients who might have had full blown AIDS decades [...]

  17. Matthew Trevithick

    Probably shouldn t be read by laymen I did enjoy his summarizing chapters, particularly the last one which outlines a plausible story on how HIV made it from place to place the collapsing European empires in Africa and the very sudden mass flight of people to all corners of the world, and then the people brought in to replace them, who themselves eventually moved around was very interesting, as was his writing on his travels in Africa to AIDS Ground Zero Patient Zero But all in all a lot of mate [...]

  18. Shannon

    Quammen slays myth while offering a probable narrative for the origins of AIDS in humans as the result of the spillover of SIV HIV from non human apes into the human population As always, his writing is clear and concise and he makes every effort to guide readers through the phylogeny and microbiology minutiae to the AH HA moments At only 139 pages excluding the extensive notes and bibliography sections it is easily tackled and serves as either a great prequel OR sequel to Quammen s Spillover.

  19. Benjamin Cooper

    I gave it 3 stars because it really depends on what you want If you want to read a detailed account of the science behind the spread of AIDS read it The author tries to make it readable, but it s slow going For a non science person like me anyways Also talks a little about life in the jungles of Africa which was interesting It s only 140 pages or so but take your time It s a little technical.If you don t wish to learn about the science of the spread of AIDS avoid at all costs.

  20. Sam Faith

    A succint, illuminating read on the origin and passage of HIV and the global pandemic that pursued It simply details the groups and the subtypes and how they spilled over 12 different times into humans from monkeys and chimps A gripping tale of how SIV from chimps, being the culprit of zoonosis, resulted in HIV group M for main subtype b exploded into the global pandemic in the 1980 s Also, a few hypotheses from the author himself and lead scientists in the research of the AIDS virus that he tap [...]

  21. Hayley

    I found this book very intriguing I enjoyed learning about how medical researchers virologists studied the AIDS epidemic I found it utterly fascinating to see how they traced back to a possible origin of the epidemic I also enjoyed the historical vantage points of AIDS entering its pandemic state here in the US And how doctors of all sorts were encountering its symptoms and noting them in medical papers Overall I thought the writing was brilliant and the story well executed I highly recommend re [...]

  22. Bob Anderson

    This is an extract, modified, from Quammen s larger book about viral infections transferred from animal populations to humans Spillover The parts that focus on modern research and competing theories are great the part that is an extended fictional rumination of the possible carrier of HIV from a backwater to an urban area is not The fiction was not appreciated as a sheen over the hypothesis Otherwise, at least half of this book is well worth reading for the interested.

  23. Jennifer

    I love David Quammen, not just because he and I share the same love of icky germs and scary disease, but because he is just such a great writer This little book is adapted from Spillover, a book I thoroughly enjoyed, and while some of it was familiar to me because of reading that all together it was fresh and interesting Good storytelling even if bugs aren t your thing Very recommended.

  24. Mary

    Interesting fictionalized account of how HIV AIDS may have jumped from chimp to man in the early 1900s in Africa and expanded across the globe interwoven with how scientists determined this is when it jumped from chimp to man, identified patient zero once clusters of men started dying from unusual cancers, etc.

  25. Sara Sharick

    An enlightening and absolutely terrifying account of how an opportunistic virus made its way from killing handfuls of wild chimpanzees to being a global pandemic for humans A must read for anyone interested in pathology, or in arming oneself with knowledge to counteract the spurious and moralizing claims of who gets infected and why The writing is clear and fast paced.

  26. Lianna

    Fun Facts from this book Most viruses originate from animals HIV has jumped from monkeys to people 12 or separate times The deadliest strain spilled over in 1908 in Cameroon It came to the US around 1969 and was noticed 10 years later What yet to be noticed viruses are lurking out there right now

  27. Brittany

    An unnecessary read if you have read Spillover This is just an excerpt But if you want to read just about the origins of HIV AIDS and not other infectious diseases, then choose this short read over Spillover.

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