the AIDS Virus, Peter H. Duesberg
1996, 720 pages, ISBN 0-89526-470-6.
Announcement- Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP)
-- Peter Duesberg was in an elite group of scientists who competed
for Nobel Prizes and cornered most major grants-until he announced
his belief that the human immunodeficiency virus does not cause
published in a science journal in 1987, flung Duesberg's career
into a tailspin, turning the tenured University of California-Berkeley
professor into a pariah.
It was a rapid
fall for a member of the National Academy of Sciences, winner of
a 1985 Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Institutes
of Health and one of the world's leading authorities on retroviruses,
a family that includes the AIDS virus.
Now, the 58-year-old
Duesberg says, he has a chance at redemption.
say that chance could lead to further devastation.
book, "Inventing the AIDS Virus," co-written by a former
student, Bryan J. Ellison, will be shipped to stores nationwide
in February by Regnery Publishing Inc.
which has been thoroughly and repeatedly rejected by mainstream
AIDS researchers, is that the identification of HIV as the AIDS
culprit was hastily reached and never properly challenged, ignoring
the possibility that AIDS usually results from drug abuse.
a virologist at the Harvard AIDS Institute, said the attention Duesberg's
theory receives "could impede the progress of education and
a little depressing for those of us working in AIDS research to
think we are going back to square one and arguing what seems like
a ridiculous argument about the cause of AIDS," she said.
Duesberg says his book is his "best chance for a public hearing."
The book "is
my best hope now of getting a lot of people to reconsider, rethink
and possibly say: `We should give Duesberg a chance,'" he said
in a telephone interview.
the AIDS Virus" explores "the growing-but carefully hidden-
dissension within the scientific community" over the cause
of AIDS, according to an advertisement by the publisher.
The book is
"not a helpful thing, that's for sure," said Peter Drotman,
assistant director for public health for the federal Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
is widely read and believed and people act on the messages he provides,
that would be injurious to the health of others," he said.
mind the criticism, "but they also essentially take your livelihood
away, no grants, no supports, no students. That is indeed scientific
He said he
fought with publishers and co-writer Ellison for three years to
get the book published.
A federal court
jury in New York City decided Wednesday that Ellison owes Duesberg
and Regnery $477,000 for selling an unedited version of the book
for the past year, mostly through the mail.
thought publishers were trying to dilute the book's message, sold
more that 20,000 copies under the title "Why We Will Never
Win the War on AIDS."
The late tennis
star Arthur Ashe, who heard of Duesberg's claims, once said in a
Washington Post column that "the confusion for AIDS patients
like me is that there is a growing school of thought that HIV may
not be the sole cause of AIDS and that standard treatments such
as AZT actually make matters worse. That there may very well be
unknown cofactors but that the medical establishment is too rigid
to change the direction of basic research and or clinical trials."
Which is exactly
is not meant to be conformism and majority rule", he said.
does not come from a majority in science. It always comes from someone
considered an outsider."
By Larry Neumeister
The New York Times Jan. 1996 ??