HENRY MATTHEW, M.D., F.R.C.P.
To the editor: I write regarding the paper by Fisher, Humphries, and Bails, which appeared in the November 1971 issue, pp. 731-736. The article has the effrontery to be headed, "Recovery from Renal and Pulmonary Damage"—after ingestion of paraquat (Dual®).
The evidence that their patient had pulmonary damage from paraquat is totally lacking; however the authors state, "We believe this to be the first report of survival after paraquat-induced lung damage in man." The sole abnormality on which lung damage is based is a low diffusion capacity for carbon monoxide, yet in the very sentence before their monstrous claim of
MATTHEW H. Paraquat and the Lung. Ann Intern Med. 1972;76:835. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-5-835_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(5):835.
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