Episode 2: Turn Your Back

During the height of the AIDS crisis, one man sues in court to try Dr. Davis’ goat serum — which has not been approved by the FDA.

Episode 2: Turn Your Back

Gary Davis, an Ivy League trained Black physician from Tulsa, Oklahoma, had one passion: to find a cure for Aids. In the 1990s, Davis brought his research to the FDA to start a clinical trial — but just hours before it was supposed to start — his trial was shut down. Davis had powerful critics, and ardent supporters. Some sued in court to be allowed to try Davis’ treatment, while others chose to ask for forgiveness rather than permission to get their hands on it. Desperate to get financial support to conduct trials, the doctor forged dubious alliances, and when he died unexpectedly, many of his followers suspected foul play.

What was the true potential of Davis’ serum — and who are the people who say it saved their lives?

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Episode 2: Turn Your Back

During the height of the AIDS crisis, one man sues in court to try Dr. Davis’ goat serum — which has not been approved by the FDA. A ...

Air Date: August 2, 2022

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