LEWELLYS F. BARKER, M.D.; SAM T. GIBSON, M.D.
Sutnick and co-workers indicate in this issue of the ANNALS (p. 35) that working in a laboratory environment that is saturated with Australia antigen may be a hazardous occupation. Overwhelming evidence has accumulated in support of the hypothesis that the Australia antigen is intimately related to an agent causing hepatitis in man (1). This relationship was first described in the early work of Blumberg, Sutnick, London and their associates (2-4) and brought into clear focus by a number of studies concerned with the occurrence of the antigen in blood and blood products and in their recipients who developed posttransfusion hepatitis
BARKER LF, GIBSON ST. Australia Antigen Ecology. Ann Intern Med. ;75:130–132. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-75-1-130
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;75(1):130-132.
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