Baltimore, David. "Letter to Colleagues," personal communication, l9 May 1988.

 

Baltimore, David. "Letter to Colleagues," personal communication, l9 May 1988.

Walter Stewart and Ned Feder sent me a copy of this now famous letter in which Baltimore
explains his positon regarding the Congressional inquiry into fraud in science, with the focus on
a paper by Baltimore, et al. (Portions of the letter have been abstracted elsewhere in this file,
based on excerpts published in the Boston Globe.) I must say that this is a good letter which
explains Baltimore's position very well. He sees this as an attack not only on him, but an attack
on science itself by self-appointed outsiders.

The excerpts in the Globe were contextualized to make them appear less reasonable than they are
in the full context of Baltimore's letter. Baltimore is concerned that with the media stacked the
way it is, his message may never get through to a public which is more than willing to be cynical.
Baltimore is also concerned that the Congressional investigation will become highly political.
These are legitimate concerns for someone in his position. He wants a fair trial and it is unlikely
that he will get one.