Letter from Linus Pauling to Elizabeth and Arthur M. Sackler
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1989-04-12 (April 12, 1989)
Sackler, Arthur M.
Original Repository: Oregon State University. Library. Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers
Reproduced with permission of the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers. Oregon State University Library.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Promoting Vitamin C
Vitamin C and Quackery (April 12, 1989)
12 April 1989
Dear Elizabeth Sackler:
I am not clear as to whom I should send the enclosed Letter to the Editor of Medical Tribune, so I am sending it to you, to
pass on to the proper person. I hope that my letter will be published in a forthcoming issue of Medical Tribune.
In addition, I am writing to tell you that there has been an exciting new development about vitamin C in relation to AIDS,
and to suggest that perhaps Nathan Horwitz should investigate it, and be prepared to write an article about it when the story
Over a year ago I was invited to attend the first public meeting of the President's Commission on AIDS, and I attended
it, in Washington D.C. I gave each of the members of the Commission a copy of a statement prepared by my associate Dr. Ewan
Cameron, and I also gave a copy to the Director of the Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases. I then met for an
hour and a half with the Clinical Advisory Board of the Director, urging that some work be done on vitamin C in relation to
AIDS. The Board decided against doing anything about it. I enclose a copy of the statement.
My associate Dr. Raxit Jariwalla and the members of his team have obtained some very interesting results in the laboratory
about vitamin C and the AIDS virus. It is expected that these results will be published in Nature, possibly within six weeks
or two months. It is this work that I think Nathan Horwitz should know about and be prepared to discuss, when the results
are published in Nature. Probably our Institute will plan to bring out a news release at that time.