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May 4, 1984

Tampons and Toxic Shock Syndrome

JAMA. 1984;251(17):2211. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340410023022

To the Editor.—  I was disturbed by the article on toxic shock syndrome (TSS), "Holdup of Toxic Shock Data Ends During Trial in Texas," particularly the title and the first paragraph, in which it was suggested that we suppressed scientific data.1 The reporter who wrote the article in question did call me about the data, and I thought I had explained to him why they had not been published. We, of course, have the sole right to release these data. Faculty at the University of Wisconsin do not accept support for research unless they have complete control of the results of the studies and can publish them at their discretion. This is done when the studies are complete and sound conclusions can be drawn. Sometimes it will take many months, if not years, before adequate information is available for publication. In the case of the tampon work, accumulation of