Peter Piot

No Time To Lose

A life in pursuit of deadly viruses

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Book review from New African Magazine available here written by Osei Boateng. Dr Piot, a Belgian, has a story to tell. And how better to do it than in a memoir. He admits though that “sixty-two may be a bit young for writing a memoir. However, I felt that the distance between events and writing was long enough, but yet not too hazy, to tell my story of two of the most extraordinary adventures of our time: the discovery of Ebola hemorrhagic fever and Aids, and the world’s response to them.” He quotes one of his greatest admirers, the late Dr Jonathan Mann (the American co-discoverer of the HIV virus), at the beginning of the book, to emphasise the …

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This review was written by Paul Zeitz from conscience magazine and is available here, pages 44-47. 03/09/2012 Dr. Peter Piot, founding Executive Director of unaids, the UN Special Programme on HIV/aids, and current dean of the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, presents a surprisingly candid and enlightening mid-life memoir in No Time to Lose. Piot’s experience as a leading global health pioneer represents a critically important and poignant crossroads in the global aids movement. Stories from Piot’s early life reveal his unique personality— a hard-nosed scientist who sought the truth with the most rigorous of scientific and epidemiological methods available, and a man who felt a deep compassion for the human experience of those living in squalor and …

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The following is a review written by Terri Schlichenmeyer in the Newton Citizen published on the 27th August 2012 and the original review is available here . It’s 10 minutes after the hour, and you’ve done it again. You hate missing the first part of your favorite show. Call it obsession, call it silly, but you have to see it from the start or you don’t feel it’s worth watching at all. Yes, you could figure out what happened, but it’s just not the same. Author and epidemiologist Peter Piot knows what it’s like to be on the ground floor of something important. He was there when two previously unknown viruses were identified, and in “No Time to Lose,” …

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‘Emerging Epidemic’ is the title of the review which appeared today, 24 August 2012, in Washington Blade, cited as ‘America’s Leading Gay News Source’. The extract of the review is listed below and you can click this link to read it on their website. “Author and epidemiologist Peter Piot knows what it’s like to be on the ground floor of something important. He was there when two previously unknown viruses were identified and in “No Time to Lose,” he explains what that was like. The package arrived in a blue plastic thermos. It wasn’t wrapped well; in fact, one of the vials inside had broken, mixing glass with blood that had been taken from a Belgian nun who …

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Terri Schlichenmeyer has reviewed No Time To Lose for the San Diego LGBT Weekly. Terri says while it’s not for the faint-hearted you’ll enjoy it from the start. Published on 23 August 2012 it is available to read online or in the extract below. A triumphant book, not for the faint-hearted No Time to Lose by Peter Piot It’s 10 minutes after the hour, and you’ve done it again. You hate missing the first part of your favorite show. Call it obsession, call it silly, but you have to see it from the start or you don’t feel it’s worth watching at all. Yes, you could figure out what happened, but it’s just not the same. Author and …

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José Esparza reviews No Time To Lose for Nature: International weekly journal of science. Published in Nature on 7th June 2012 issue, Vol. 486, no.31-32, it is available to view online. The extract of Virology: The battle inside is posted below. Virology: The battle inside José Esparza enjoys the memoir of a long-term veteran of the virus wars. In 1933, Nobel-prizewinning physician Charles Nicolle said that infectious diseases “carry the traits of life that seeks to perpetuate itself, evolving and trying to achieve equilibrium”. But this evolution has a high price for humans. The war between human and microbe is epic and ongoing. In No Time to Lose, Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and …

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Jerry Tam reviews No Time To Lose for Science: The World’s Leading Journal of Scientific Research, Global News, and Commentary. Published in Science on 27 July 2012 issue, Vol. 337 no.6093, it is available to view online. The extract of Public Health: A Work to Save Lives is posted below. PUBLIC HEALTH At Work to Save Lives On 26 August 1976, a schoolteacher in Yambuku, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo), came to a hospital with a raging fever similar to malaria but with hemorrhagic symptoms. His was the first case in an erupting epidemic in which over 80% of those infected died. In mid-October, Peter Piot, a junior member of a small lab in Belgium, was sent …

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Peter Piot’s memoir ‘No Time To Lose’ has been reviewed by members of the online blogging community.  Reviews added below with the most recently added at the top. No Time To Lose (30 July 2012) BookWormMarathon is a blog that “offers a platform dialog for those who read with passion, gusto, and a critical eye”.  The post’s author says of the book: “Piot writes clearly and with many interesting stories of life in the jungles, the cities, and the UN. This is a good book for remembering we have not eradicated this disease and why.” Read the full piece here.   Medical Doctors and International Managers: Peter Piot’s Autobiography (2 August 2012) Jacques Haers writes for the blog Theology as …

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Tara Smith has reviewed No Time To Lose for The Times Higher Education. Her reading of Peter Piot’s memoirs have left her wanting to know more about the man behind the stories of viral and political discovery. Posted today (2 August 2012) the article is available to view online. The extracted piece can be read below.   No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses 2 August 2012 Cool distance in the hot zone A ‘memoir of discovery’ leaves Tara Smith longing to learn more of the man inside the hazmat suit Like Tintin, the comic-book hero of his childhood, Peter Piot has lived a series of amazing adventures. Beginning with a 1976 foray into what …

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LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN, MD, asks, in an article in the New York Times this week: “Is the world on the verge of ending the AIDS epidemic and creating an AIDS-free generation, even though a cure and a vaccine are still distant hopes?” The article includes quotes from Peter Piot.  To read the full article, click here.  To read the section quoting Peter, click here. The extracted piece containing quotes from Peter is listed below. “This is not the end of an epidemic in any sense as we have understood it; an AIDS-free generation, if it arrives, will live in a world where H.I.V. very much remains a threat. Dr. Peter Piot, the United Nations AIDS program’s first director, …

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