JERAL L. AHTONE, M.D.; NORMAN J. PETERSEN, S.M.
To the editor: The paper by Leichtner and associates (1) is a straightforward presentation of evidence supporting horizontal transmission of hepatitis B in two families. However, by the number of calls we at the Hepatitis Laboratories Division, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia, have received about this paper, it would appear that the authors' repeated use of the term "nonparenteral" may have caused confusion about the actual mode of transmission. We have pointed out the linguistic ambiguity of the term "nonparenteral" and have suggested that both it and "parenteral" be eliminated as classifiers in the lexicon of modes of hepatitis
AHTONE JL, PETERSEN NJ. Hepatitis B and Gum Chewing. Ann Intern Med. ;95:242. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-2-242_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(2):242.
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