DUESBERG AND THE RIGHT OF REPLY ACCORDING TO MADDOX-NATURE
By Peter Duesberg & Harvey Bialy
In 1993 John Maddox, the editor of Nature,
commissioned a commentary refuting the hypothesis that drugs cause AIDS
(Ascher et al., 1993). The piece described 215 patients each of
which had used drugs (Duesberg, 1993a; Duesberg, 1993b; Duesberg, 1993c).
In view of this Duesberg sent a letter
to Nature arguing that the perfect correlation between drug use
and AIDS confirmed, rather than refuted, the drug hypothesis. Maddox censored
the letter and wrote an editorial "Has
Duesberg a Right of Reply?" (Maddox, 1993). The editorial pointed
out that the world's oldest science journal could not afford an open scientific
debate on the cause of AIDS because of the perceived dangers of infectious
In an editorial on January 19, 1995, Maddox promised to lift the censorship
to give "Duesberg and his associates an opportunity to comment"
on two Nature studies that in his opinion prove the HIV-AIDS hypothesis.
In the following we document how Maddox-Nature honors its commitments.
Our documentation includes:
(i) A copy of Maddox' News and Views
article of January 19, 1995,
(ii) A summary of a phone conversation
between Maddox and Bialy,
(iii) Our letter to Maddox answering his
(iv) Our commentary on the two
new Nature studies,
(v) Maddox' response to our commentary,
(vi) Our response to Maddox,
(vii) What Nature published from
and about Duesberg and Bialy on May 18, 1995,
(viii) Letter from Peter Duesberg to John
(ix) Nature's final letter.
Ascher, M. S., H. W. Sheppard, W. Winkelstein Jr., and
E. Vittinghoff, 1993. Does drug use cause AIDS? Nature (London)
Duesberg, P., 1993a. Aetiology of AIDS. Lancet
Duesberg, P., 1993b. HIV and the aetiology of AIDS. Lancet
Duesberg, P. H., 1993c. Can epidemiology determine whether
drugs or HIV cause AIDS? AIDS-Forschung 12: 627-635.
Maddox, J., 1993. Has Duesberg a right of reply? Nature
(London) 363: 109.