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The AIDS ConspiracyScience Fights Back$
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Nicoli Nattrass

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231149136

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231149136.001.0001

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Defending the Imprimatur of Science

Defending the Imprimatur of Science

Duesberg and the Medical Hypotheses Saga

(p.135) 7 Defending the Imprimatur of Science
The AIDS Conspiracy

Nicoli Nattrass

Columbia University Press

This chapter considers how the scientific community responded to Peter Duesberg's AIDS denialism. Particular attention is paid to the action taken against the journal Medical Hypotheses for publishing a paper by Duesberg and others without first subjecting it to meaningful editorial review. It argues that the journal should not count as scientific and should no longer be listed under Medline, or have the scientific status of being searchable through PubMed. Two normative issues are evident in the Medical Hypotheses saga: anger at Duesberg for ignoring HIV science and contributing to, and subsequently defending, Mbeki's AIDS policy tragedy; and anger at the way in which Medical Hypotheses, with its scientific journal facade, was seen as inappropriately giving Duesberg's article the status of being scientific, even though it was published without adequate editorial review.

Keywords:   Peter Duesberg, AIDS denialism, Medical Hypotheses, PubMed, HIV science, AIDS

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