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Gerald H. Pollack"Bialy's book is not one you can easily put down. I found myself thoroughly engaged and deeply moved by the saga of Peter Duesberg - evolving from a founder of cancer molecular biology to a pariah reviled by his peers. It reminded me of Ignasz Semmelweis, the Hungarian physician working in a leading Viennese hospital, who had suggested before Pasteur that there might be a simple expedient to reducing mothers' post-childbirth mortality rate: doctors' hand washing. A curious observation was that the mortality rate was far higher in those wards directed by physicians compared to the wards directed by midwives. Semmelweis noted a clue: doctors began their morning rounds with autopsies on patients who had died the day prior; only after completion of the autopsies did the physicians examine the women in labor. Midwives were free of any such contaminating burden. Even after Semmelweis demonstrated that the mortality rate plummeted if the physicians washed and disinfected their hands before physically examining their patients, his colleagues were reluctant to accept his thesis, and the dead multiplied unnecessarily.... I invite you to read this fascinating book and decide for yourself whether Duesberg has a point. I took time from a busy schedule to see quickly how the saga would end, and came away enlightened by a rich body of information about issues of profound significance that cry out for resolution. The message is quite serious, but the presentation is buoyed by abundant humor and wit - a pleasure to read. This is one of those books that will inspire unending conversations with friends and colleagues. Rarely have I been as moved by a book as by this very scientific biography."
—Professor, Dept. of Bioengineering, University of Washington, Seattle