CAPSULES: Dangerous Dentists

Most people will seek any excuse to avoid seeing their dentists. An article in the A.M.A. Journal now offers a new one: dentists may be hepatitis carriers. This risk was revealed when four Baltimore physicians began investigating the cause of a small epidemic of the of ten severe liver ailment. None of the twelve victims had had blood transfusions, a common source of the infection. Nor were any of them drug users who might have contracted the disease from contaminated needles. But all had one thing in common — the same dentist, a 28-year-old man who had recently returned...

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