Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor.—The Editorial by Dr Woolf,1 which nicely summarizes the diethylene glycol poisoning of 109 Haitian children reported in the article by Dr O'Brien and associates,2 deserves comment for the distracting use of a metaphor, linking together these dire events in Haiti with a passage taken out of context from Dante's Divine Comedy.
Purdy LJ. Haitian Diethylene Glycol Disaster and Dante's Darkwood. JAMA. 1998;280(11):965. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-11-jbk0916