Daniel Baxter’s distinguished medical career has spanned the arc of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. From the first rumblings in the late 1970s to the terror of the 1980s and early 1990s to the persistence of the disease in the poor and homeless, he thought he had seen—and treated—it all. But a job offer in 2002 led him to the newest frontier in the AIDS crisis: Africa.
Join Baxter on his heart-wrenching, life-changing journey in Botswana, where 24 percent of the country’s small population was infected with HIV when he arrived. With an often-wry outlook, Baxter recounts the stories of people like Ralph, a declining AIDS and cancer patient who nevertheless always wore a smile, or Precious, a woman found sick, abandoned, and hopeless.
Part travelogue, part narrative of the “other,” and part witness to immeasurable suffering, One Life at a Time tells the stories of the brave, the hopeless, and the remarkable Batswana, the people of Botswana. After eight and a half years on the front lines of the seemingly unbeatable African pandemic, Baxter realized that the only thing he could truly give his patients was precious time for them to save themselves. “One life at a time” was the only way to fight AIDS in Africa.
SubtitleAn American Doctors Memoir of AIDS in Botswana
AuthorBy Daniel Baxter
Published12 June 2018
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.
About the author
Daniel Baxter is the clinical coordinator at the William F. Ryan Community Health Center in New York City and acclaimed author of The Least of These My Brethren: A Doctor’s Story of Hope and Miracles on an Inner-City AIDS Ward. A board-certified internist, he worked for ten years at the Spellman Center for HIV-Related Diseases in New York before moving to Botswana to provide direct patient care under the aegis of the African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnership for eight and a half years. In 2013, he returned to Botswana for two years to lecture at the country’s new medical school. He currently lives in New York.
“Makes for powerful reading, as Baxter describes in detail the medical condition of patients, their treatment and their psychological ups and downs…. Some of the stories…possess a Tolstoyan power.” —Washington Post
"The stories that unfold in the book are brutal, and Dr. Baxter does not spare us the gory details. But if you look past the horror and set your fears aside, you will begin to appreciate the message that, however great a cliche, we are all in this together." —New York Times