Medicine: Finally, A Sensible AIDS Plan

A retired admiral urges major changes in Washington's policy

Too often presidential commissions are long on advice but woefully short on real clout. Most AIDS watchers expected that Ronald Reagan's 13-member AIDS panel, with its checkered beginnings and lack of expertise, would be no different. But no one counted on the no-nonsense leadership of retired Navy Admiral James Watkins. In releasing a hard-hitting 60-page report last week, Watkins politely but firmly dismissed the moralistic posturing that has characterized much of the White House's response to the AIDS epidemic and outlined a realistic policy to control the spread of the disease. "We waste a lot of rhetoric and excessive time on...

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