Medicine: Frank Talk About the AIDS Crisis &

A retired admiral issues a stern challenge to the White House

Admiral James Watkins is a man determined to speak bluntly, and damn the torpedoes! As chairman of the 13-member presidential AIDS commission, he began his study of the AIDS crisis eight months ago by warning that his findings would not be swayed by political considerations. Last week, before a packed Washington press conference, he ended the study with the same forthrightness. In issuing a 269-page draft of the commission's final report, he managed both to show a fine disregard for prevailing prejudices about AIDS and to issue a sharp challenge to the Reagan Administration. Going beyond a National Academy of Sciences...

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