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February 11, 1998

AIDSFatal Extraction: The Story Behind the Florida Dentist Accused of Infecting His Patients With HIV and Poisoning Public Health

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Mark Carl Rom, 224 pp, $23, ISBN 0-7879-0099102, San Francisco, Calif, Jossey-Bass Publisher, 1997.

JAMA. 1998;279(6):480. doi:10.1001/jama.279.6.480-JBK0211-6-1

There was an understandable increase in public concern about the possibility of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission from health care workers to patients after it was revealed in 1991 that a dentist had apparently infected several patients with HIV while providing routine care. An extensive investigation into the cases was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) but failed to solve the mystery of exactly how the transmission happened, and controversy has continued.

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