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March 25, 1961

Iatrogenic Jaundice

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Assistant Chief, Preventive Medicine Division Department of the Army Washington 25, D. C.

JAMA. 1961;175(12):1110. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040120072023

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To the Editor:—  On page 1690 of The Journal, vol. 174, Nov. 26, 1960, appears an article by Dr. Schaffner, entitled "Iatrogenic Jaundice." Although the article gives a fine description of the liver damage resulting from various drugs which should be noted, there are other forms of iatrogenic jaundice not mentioned in the article. Among these are those resulting from transfer of virus by the use of inadequately sterilized needles or other medical instruments, the sequelae of certain blood transfusions, as well as the results of the use of plasma which contains the virus of serum hepatitis. These mechanisms of the production of jaundice are quite as much caused by physicians as the administration of the drugs which Dr. Schaffner describes.

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