|| I made the
decision that we would have to switch over to research on this disease
[AIDS] because, as every month went by, I became more convinced that we
were dealing with something that was going to be a disaster for society.
In fact, I wrote an editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 1982
making a prediction that this was not something that was going to stay
confined to a small group. I discussed it with people like [Dr.] John
Gallin, one of my close friends and colleagues, and told him that people
might think that I was a little strange switching my laboratory over to
the study of a new and strange disease–this is the end of 1981,
the beginning of 1982–but it was clear to me that this disease would
turn out to be a major public health problem.