W. PAUL HAVENS JR., M.D.
The rôle of contaminated instruments, particularly syringes and needles, in the artificial transmission of viral hepatitis is well recognized.1 The fact that certain individuals with or without evidence of hepatic disease may remain carriers of virus in the blood for several years2 emphasizes the importance of this concept and the potential hazards involved in using incompletely sterilized instruments. In this regard, attention has been called to the frequency of occurrence of artificially transmitted hepatitis among narcotic addicts, and the possibility of their being an important source of carriers has been mentioned.3-6
Previous reports of hepatitis in addicts have been concerned
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HAVENS WP. VIRAL HEPATITIS: MULTIPLE ATTACKS IN A NARCOTIC ADDICT(VIRAL HEPATITIS: MULTIPLE ATTACKS IN A NARCOTIC ADDICT*). Ann Intern Med. 1956;44:199–203. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-44-1-199
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1956;44(1):199-203.
Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Infectious Disease, Liver Disease, Viral Hepatitis.
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