January 10, 1997

VUMC pathologist’s fight against HIV spawns flurry of national media activity

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"60 Minutes" correspondent Ed Bradley prepares to interview VUMC's Dr. Mahlon Johnson.

A newly published book by Dr. Mahlon D. Johnson, associate professor of Pathology, chronicling his apparently successful fight against HIV is drawing national attention.

Beginning Sunday, Jan. 12, Johnson's story will be told on "60 Minutes" and the "Today Show" as well as featured on the cover of USA Weekend and in the pages of People magazine.

Johnson's book, titled Working on a Miracle, recounts how the pathologist developed his own therapeutic regimen to fight the HIV infection. Though he's far from calling it a cure, the virus is no longer detectable in Johnson's bloodstream.

Anyone receiving phone calls from members of the public with questions about Johnson's treatment regimen, HIV or AIDS should refer them to a special hotline established to handle the expected high volume of inquiries.

That number is 343-1680.