Wrongful Death: The AIDS Trial (ISBN 1589398688) is a 2006 novel by Stephen Davis. The fictitious courtroom drama exposes the government lies and incompetence, gross medical malpractice, and unbridled greed by a drug company that caused our American AIDS epidemic and cost 300,000 lives – more than five times as many killed in the entire Vietnam War.
Follow along with attorney Benjamin Messick and health reporter Sarah Meadows in this class-action lawsuit as they expose the man who claims to have discovered the cause of AIDS, Dr. Robert Gallo. Dr. Gallo announced to the world at a press conference on April 23, 1984 that a virus later to be called HIV was the culprit. Unfortunately, Dr. Gallo’s peers were never given the chance to prove his theories, and still can’t to this day. In fact, according to the witnesses in The AIDS Trial, HIV fails every medical and scientific test and cannot be the cause of AIDS.
It turns out that Dr. Gallo is nothing more than a common criminal, a thief, and a liar. He finally admitted he had stolen the AIDS virus from a French researcher. He also stole another virus from the Japanese. He lied on his patent application for the HIV blood test. A congressional investigation found Dr. Gallo guilty of "intellectual recklessness of a high degree," and the Office of Research Integrity of the Department of Health and Human Services found Dr. Gallo guilty of scientific misconduct and called some of Dr. Gallo's key AIDS research, "of dubious scientific merit" and "really crazy." As one German scientist put it, Dr. Gallo is "an American scientific gangster who has committed so many crass, self-aggrandizing blunders...that he could not really be relied upon to tell the time correctly."