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April 1987

Hepatitis B Vaccine and Your Surgical Career

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Arch Ophthalmol. 1987;105(4):471-472. doi:10.1001/archopht.1987.01060040041027

It is June 17,1985,10:30 AM. Reference Committee E of the American Medical Association House of Delegates is receiving routine testimony. The hum of audience conversations suddenly quiets down as an obstetrical surgeon from Georgia addresses Resolution 3, "Hepatitis B Vaccine": "Almost three years ago in considering whether or not to take hepatitis B vaccine, I stated I could explain hepatitis B to my patients much easier than I could explain my contracting AIDS." (In 1982, there was concern about the possible late hazards of the hepatitis vaccine, which included some concern by a few people that acquired immunodeficiency syndrome [AIDS] might prove to be a complication.1) He went on to state that he felt he had made a grave error because, about a year later, he developed hepatitis, and, while his liver damage was not significant and his enzymes have since returned to normal levels, he became a carrier

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