Medicine: AIDS Panel Politics

Administration officials had assured friends and reporters that no gays would serve on Ronald Reagan's AIDS advisory commission. Thus conservatives and liberals alike were astonished last week when the President appointed Cancer Specialist Frank Lilly, an avowed homosexual, to the 13-member panel. Lilly, chairman of genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, holds doctorates in organic chemistry and biology and has studied viruses similar to AIDS for 20 years.

Also appointed was John Cardinal O'Connor, Archbishop of New York, who outspokenly defends his church's teaching that homosexual acts are sinful. Dr. W. Eugene Mayberry, chairman of...