Alternative theories about AIDS should not be dismissed out of hand

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7065.1147c (Published 02 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1147
  1. Richard Strohman
  1. Emeritus professor Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, c/o Stanley/Donner Administrative Services Unit, 229 Stanley Hall No 3206 Berkeley, CA 94720–3206, USA

    EDITOR,—Stuart W G Derbyshire's review of Peter Duesberg's book Infectious AIDS: Have We Been Misled? is tendentious.1 He says that all Duesberg's supporters contend that Duesberg's ideas “were wilfully suppressed by AIDS investigators for reasons associated with ideology and personal gain.” Branding all supporters in this manner misses the point that many thoughtful scientists agree with Duesberg on many points while disagreeing on others. I wrote the preface to this book because I support openness in science and because I …

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