The Failure of Contemporary Science'
Fourth Estate, London UK 1996, 420 pages,
In this paradigm-shattering
investigation into the origins of the HIV theory, Neville Hodgkinson
offers a serious scientific challenge to the belief that AIDS is
caused by a lethal new virus.
When AIDS was
first reported, two principal schools of thought developed about
its origins. One, which gained the strongest currency, held that
AIDS was caused by a deadly microbe - the Human Immunodeficiency
Virus - and that, because of a long time-lag between infection and
disease, millions of people around the world could be facing death.
The other theory maintained that an accumulation of infections and
other assaults on the body led to the breakdown of immune responses
as seen in AIDS. For over ten years, Hodgkinson argues, the former
theory has been slavishly adhered to, not because it is correct
but because the virus theory offers something concrete to fight
against, from which people can gain scientific renown, pharmaceutical
profit and, most tenaciously of all, hope. Debunking the myth, Hodgkinson
presents a detailed analysis of the inadequacies of the 'HIV test',
disclosing evidence that, from its inception, scientists have recognised
that the test was flawed - the 'virus' the test is supposed to detect
has proved impossible to isolate in a routine way. He demonstrates
that genuine hope lies in shedding the illusions and distortions
that have grown up around a failed hypothesis.
In this incisive
appraisal of the 'AIDS industry' Hodgkinson not only unravels the
conflicting scientific theories, he also draws on the stories of
the dissident and heroes who have tried to swim against the tide
of opinion on HIV and AIDS: Michael Callen and Jody Wells, who lived
long and productive years after their AIDS diagnosis (precisely
because, they believed, they resisted the medical treatments endorsed
by the virus theory); medics and scientists such as Joe Sonnabend
and Professor Duesberg who were frozen out by their professions
for keeping non-HIV approaches alive.
picture is a sometimes frightening indictment of medical stubbornness
and a fascinating argument for a radical rethink of science's observational
methods, checks and assumptions. The changes arising from such a
new stance could bring enourmous benefit not only to AIDS patients
but to the whole of medicine and indeed to the role of science in
Neville Hodgkinson reported on AIDS as medical correspondent of
the Sunday Times. From 1991, as the newspaper's science correspondent,
he wrote a series of highly controversial questioning reports based
on the arguments of some groups of scientists and experts who were
seeking a reappraisal of the HIV theory. He is the author of Will
to be Well - the Real Alternative Medicine.
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