No Time to Lose

No Time to Lose

A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses

By Peter Piot; Ruth Marshall

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393063165, 387pp.

Publication Date: May 2012

When Peter Piot was in medical school, a professor warned, There's no future in infectious diseases. They ve all been solved. Fortunately, Piot ignored him, and the result has been an exceptional, adventure-filled career. In the 1970s, as a young man, Piot was sent to Central Africa as part of a team tasked with identifying a grisly new virus. Crossing into the quarantine zone on the most dangerous missions, he studied local customs to determine how this disease the Ebola virus was spreading. Later, Piot found himself in the field again when another mysterious epidemic broke out: AIDS. He traveled throughout Africa, leading the first international AIDS initiatives there. Then, as founder and director of UNAIDS, he negotiated policies with leaders from Fidel Castro to Thabo Mbeki and helped turn the tide of the epidemic. Candid and engrossing, No Time to Lose captures the urgency and excitement of being on the front lines in the fight against today's deadliest diseases.

About the Author
Peter Piot, MD, PhD, is the director of the legendary London School of Tropical Medicine, former undersecretary general of the UN, and former director of UNAIDS. He lives in London.

Ruth Marshall is a folklore collector, singer, mother and poet. She has celebrated Celtic festivals for 30 years. Judith Evans, the illustrator of this book, is an artist and puppeteer. They both live in County Clare, meeting at Raheen Wood Rudolf Steiner School.