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Response 12 - John Xu Epstein's article talks about the...

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John Xu 11/6/07 Epstein’s article talks about the role of activists specifically in the field of AIDS research. He presents the idea that these people are an important factor in the shaping of AIDS research. Epstein describes the necessary qualities that make activists recognized, one of which is credibility. This credibility comes from being able to portray scientific knowledge regarding the topic of AIDS. These activists learn the medical language as Epstein calls it, which forces researchers to take their arguments seriously. “AIDS activists in the United States have established their credibility as people who might legitimately speak in the language of medical science” (410). However, some of the methods used to obtain credibility cannot be considered valid. The author points out that “alghouth activists have benefited from the presence of a few medical and scientific professionals within their ranks, typically the leading lights of the treatment activist
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