[Ads-l] Slight Antedating of "AIDS"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Jan 16 19:35:36 EST 2022


Right, thanks. That's the guy I was thinking of.  I had friends in Berkeley
who bought into Duesberg hook, line & sinker and kept trying to convince me
of the truth that "they" didn't want me to know.  Debunked indeed.

LH

On Sun, Jan 16, 2022 at 4:55 PM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Berkeley molecular biologist Peter H. Duesberg is probably the best
> known person asserting that AIDS is not caused by a virus. This
> contrarian hypothesis is well-known enough that Wikipedia has an entry
> on the topic:
>
> Duesberg hypothesis
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duesberg_hypothesis
>
> The Wikipedia entry for Peter Duesberg calls the hypothesis "AIDS
> denialism, the debunked claim that HIV does not cause AIDS".
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Duesberg
>
> On Sun, Jan 16, 2022 at 4:21 PM Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > BTW, the writer's name is George Mendenhall (not Mendelhall). Here's the
> > Mar. 25, 1982 article in question:
> >
> > https://archive.org/details/BAR_19820325/page/n4/mode/1up
> >
> > On Sun, Jan 16, 2022 at 4:15 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Presumably the reference to "the combined Lise of the more popular
> drugs"
> > > is an OCR error for "combined use". The context is interesting. There
> was a
> > > strongly held claim in the earlier years of the AIDS outbreak,
> persisting
> > > well beyond the early 1980s and based especially in California if
> memory
> > > serves and circulated in underground papers like the Berkeley Barb and
> L.A.
> > > Free Press, that the syndrome had nothing to do with HIV and instead
> was
> > > caused by drug use, poppers, promiscuity, etc., and that the medical
> > > establishment was covering this up.  Back then, poorly supported
> conspiracy
> > > theories didn't have social media to live on, so this one didn't go
> viral.
> > > I'm sure in retrospect Mendelhall was glad he published that
> disclaimer.
> > >
> > > LH
> > >
> > > On Sun, Jan 16, 2022 at 3:26 PM James Eric Lawson <jel at nventure.com>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Bay Area Reporter, Volume 12, Number 14, Page 6, 8 April 1982
> > > > (California Digital Newspapers Collection)   I would like to clarify
> a
> > > > couple of points in George Mendenhall’s March 25 B.A.R. report of the
> > > > poppers hearings in the San Francisco Board of Supervisors' Health
> and
> > > > Environment Committee on March 23. 1982. Mistakenly attributed to me
> is
> > > > a statement that the “Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
> (which
> > > > includes Kaposi's sarcoma. pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. and other
> > > > rare diseases occurring in some gay men over the past year) results
> > > > ”from the combined Lise of the more popular drugs such as alco» hol.
> > > > hashish. caffeine. nicotinei etc. —~ as well as the nitrites."
> Actually.
> > > > the cause or, more likely, causes of the AIDS are not known. I
> stressed
> > > > that amyl and butyl nitrite are being investigated as possible co—
> > > > factors in both the AIDS and another condition where the body's lymph
> > > > glands become enlarged. I am not aware of any relationship between
> > > > alcohol, hashish. etc, and any disease other than alcoholism,
> chemical
> > > > dependency.
> > > >
> > > > -----
> > > >
> > > > Incidentally, I checked the mentioned 25 Mar report by Mendenhall,
> and
> > > > found it did not reference 'acquired immune deficiency syndrome' (or
> > > > AIDS), but rather "acquired immune deficiencies" (p 5)
> > > >
> > > > On 1/15/22 5:40 PM, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
> > > > > AIDS (OED 1982 Aug.)
> > > > >
> > > > > 1982 Boston Globe 27 July 4/1 (Newspapers.com)  The disorder has
> been
> > > > named Acquired Immunodeficiency Disease Syndrome, or AIDS.
> > > > >
> > >
> >
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