AIDS: The Failure of Contemporary Science

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AIDS: The Failure of Contemporary Science (subtitled How a Virus That Never Was Deceived the World), (ISBN 1857023374) is a 1996 book by the British journalist Neville Hodgkinson. It chronicles the history of AIDS dissent and the arguments raised by dissidents since the beginning of the epidemic. Hodgkinson had himself given voice to dissidents in at least a dozen articles published in the Sunday Times of London between the years of 1992 and 1994, and he personally recounts his experiences in this regard in the book.

Hodgkinson explains how he is convinced the world has become "ensnarled in a mass illusion surrounding the issue [of HIV and AIDS]." He describes the HIV theory as a "Procrustean bed" on which scientists, doctors, and the world at large have willingly lain:

Procrustes was a cruel giant in Greek mythology who trapped and tortured weary travellers on the road to Athens. He enticed them into his house by telling them he had a wonderful bed that suited everyone, no matter what their size. But once inside, they found there was a terrible price to pay: those travellers who were too short for the bed were put on a rack that lengthened them, and those who were too large had the bits of themselves that didn't fit sawn off.

The analogy is that HIV researchers and the world would prefer to maintain the HIV/AIDS hypothesis, even if it requires them to accomodate themselves to it in such a way as to pay the price of "scientific torture".

Hodgkinson closes the book by giving considerable coverage of the work of the Perth Group, who among others, maintain that HIV has never been properly isolated and that what has been labelled as "AIDS" is often the result of oxidative stress processes.

As of June 2007, the book is out of print, but may be found in some public libraries and purchased through used booksellers.


  1. The Procrustean Bed
  2. When Two Roads Diverged
  3. An Editor is Silenced
  4. Drugged
  5. A Conspiracy of Humbug
  6. A Challenge From Within (excerpt)
  7. AIDS: Can We Be Positive?
  8. The Case Against HIV Grows Stronger
  9. Science Fails the 'AIDS Test'
  10. The Plague That Never Was
  11. Consternation at the Court of HIV
  12. The Virus That Never Was
  13. A Better Fit
  14. Shedding the Illusions
  • Notes
  • Index


  • "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 dissidents 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 diagnoses (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. The resulting 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 enormous benefit not only to AIDS patients but to the whole of medicine and indeed to the role of science in society." (Fourth Estate 1996)

External links


  1. Fourth Estate, 1996. Dust jacket description.