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From The JAMA Web Sites
May 13, 1998

Effect of Opportunistic Illness on Risk of Death in HIV Disease

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(18):1444. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-18-jac80006

In Reply.—I am constrained to strongly disagree with Dr Gilbert-Barness' contention that the "allegations" set forth in my book review regarding Dr Naeye's findings of "7 tissue markers" are erroneous. If anything, I understated the actual status of Naeye's findings, both at the present time and as set forth in the Firstman-Talan book, The Death of Innocents.

On page 334 of the book, several comments are attributed to Dr Beckwith that clearly demonstrated his deep skepticism of the scientific validity of Naeye's findings more than 20 years ago when Naeye initially presented the "7 tissue markers of SIDS." Dr Valdez-Dapena stated, "He came up with all seven of his markers in three years. It took me three years just to do one." Valdez-Dapena also set forth in her published papers that there was "not a statistically significant difference between the tissues of SIDS babies and that of babies who died of other causes."

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