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Infectious AIDS: Have We Been Misled?

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 11 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1236
  1. Stuart W G Derbyshire

    Peter H Duesberg North Atlantic Books, £15.99, pp 582 ISBN 1 55643 195 3

    Infectious AIDS is a collection of papers by Peter Duesberg arguing that AIDS is not a consequence of viral infection but of extended exposure to pathogens from illicit drugs or unpurified factor VIII. It is a view that has caused Duesberg to be shunned.

    According to the book's preface by Richard C Strohman, in 1987 Duesberg was an active and very successful molecular biologist “at the top of his career” with a promising future. In 1992, however, renewal of his prestigious Outstanding Investigator Award Grant was refused. This was followed, and preceded, by a score of other refusals. Today his research is at a halt. Supporters of Duesberg contend that his ideas were …

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