GORDON L. CRELINSTEN, M.D.
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To the editor: Because of two well-placed misplaced modifiers (1), it seems that Dr. Raphael Dolin's informed consent involved not only oral transmission of nonbacterial diarrhea but also exposure of 20% ether for 24 hours at 4 °C and to media of pH 2.7 at room temperature. Drinking fecal filtrates is one thing, but environmental torture is heroic.
"The Norwalk agent produced disease in three of five volunteers after exposure to 20% ether for 24 hours at 4 °C. . . . Similarly, the agent resists direct treatment by acid, producing disease in two of three volunteers after exposure to
CRELINSTEN GL. Heroic Consent?. Ann Intern Med. ;77:814. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-77-5-814_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;77(5):814.
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