The Zombie Curse: A Doctor's 25-year Journey Into the Heart of the AIDS Epidemic in Haiti
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The Zombie Curse:
A Doctor's 25-year Journey Into the Heart of the AIDS Epidemic in Haiti
(2006)
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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.The Zombie Curse A Doctor s 25-Year Journey into the Heart of the AIDS Epidemic in Haiti Arthur M. Fournier, M.D., with Daniel Herlihy Dr. Art Fournier met his first AIDS patient on an autumn afternoon in 1979. Of course, neither Fournier nor his colleagues at Miami s Jackson Memorial Hospital fully understood the chilling impact of what they were seeing. They were simply confounded by the fact that the patient failed to respond to treatment and, ultimately, died. During the next several months scores of additional patients presented themselves with similar symptoms and met the same fate. Beyond the medical similarities, there was another bond that grouped these patients together: they were all Haitian immigrants. The zombie curse had descended on south Florida. As the AIDS epidemic unfolded around the world, Dr. Fournier witnessed the chaos, confusion, and blame that was to become associated with this baffling disease. 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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  • Explore Science
  • Health and Medicine — Other Diseases
  • Health and Medicine — HIV and AIDS

Publication Info

336 pages | 6 x 9
Pdf full book
ISBN: 978-0-309-65982-6
Contents

Table of Contents

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Front Matter i-xxii
PART I The Curse Descends -- Boat People 1-10
Morts et Mysteres 11-17
Regis 18-23
Blood Brothers 24-31
Zombie 32-42
Revelations 43-49
Sainthood 50-53
Guinen 54-56
Danse Macabre 57-61
Mother and Child 62-67
Lespwa (Hope) 68-70
Anniversary 71-75
Physician, Heal Thyself 76-86
Ninja 87-97
All Good Things 98-102
PART II Secrets Revealed -- Titid 103-110
Port-au-Prince 111-122
Cite Soleil 123-132
Lost 133-140
Secrets of the Zombie Curse 141-145
Medishare, Inc. 146-150
House Calls 151-157
Deye Mon Gen Mon 158-168
Tom’s World 169-180
Exposition Santé 181-184
Close Encounters 185-191
Marasa 192-197
Mambo 198-206
Baptism 207-212
Kay Medishare 213-216
Orphans 217-222
Protege 223-229
Benediction 230-238
Discovery 239-242
War and Peace 243-248
Au Cap 249-255
The Reverse Zombie Curse 256-266
Conundrum 267-270
Angelik 271-279
Bicentennial 280-293
Postscript 294-296
A Poem for Haiti by Maya Angelou 297-298
Index 299-314
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National Research Council. The Zombie Curse: A Doctor's 25-year Journey Into the Heart of the AIDS Epidemic in Haiti. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2006.

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