Echoes of Lysenko: State-Sponsored Pseudo-Science in South Africa

  title={Echoes of Lysenko: State-Sponsored Pseudo-Science in South Africa},
  author={Nathan Geffen},
  journal={Social Dynamics},
  pages={183 - 210}
  • N. Geffen
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • Medicine
  • Social Dynamics
Abstract A major factor hampering the rollout of highly active antiretroviral treatment (HAART) for HIV/AIDS in the public health sector is state support of pseudo-science. This paper examines state-sponsored pseudo-science in South Africa with a particular focus on the case of Matthias Rath and his claim that HAART is an ineffective and harmful form of treatment and that multivitamins should instead be used as a substitute to treat and cure AIDS. The paper examines similarities and differences… 
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