OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Services
National Institutes of Health
Duesberg's view that HTLV-III does not cause AIDS
to: Dr. Peter
Fischinger, Dr. Howard Streicher, Dr. William Blattner, Dr. Robert
I want to alert
you some incidents that have occurred in the past 24 hours:
4/27, 5:15 p.m.: Anti-NIH gay playwright Larry Kramer spoke with
CDC public affairs office re Peter Duesberg's article in March
1 Cancer Research (copy attached) indicating that there
is no substantial evidence that HTLV-III causes AIDS.
4/28, noon: Don Berreth, DHHS assistant secretary for public affairs
(7), received call from Robert Cook of Newsday RE Duesberg's
- Don Bolbovsky
of HIH information office (496-5787) has said DHHS is quite anxious
and awaiting feedback re NIH/NCI response to and strategy for
this provocative situation.
- I have contacted
DCZ's Stu Aaronson, in whose lab Peter Duesberg is spending some
time as a visiting scientist and Fogarty scholar. Peter's office
is in the Stone House. Stu Aaronson said that Bob Gallo and others
have tried to educate Peter re HTLV-III and AIDS-but it's hopeless.
Stu suggests that the following NIH scientists may appropriately
address Peter's controversy:
Blattner---first and foremost---because Stu thinks that the
weakness of Peter's arguments are best highlighted by the epidemiologic
studies on this virus and its associated diseases.
Bolognesi of Duke University
Fauci of NIAID
Gallo has spoken with Peter in the past and Peter persists with
his arguments. Perhaps the epidemiologic approach might be more
productive in countering Peter's assertions.
cc: Pat Newman,
Paul Nevel, Eleanor Nealon, Linda Anderson