Medicine: Transfusion for Hepatitis

As countless victims know, infectious hepatitis is almost always a nagging, disabling disease, with some symptoms that persist for many months. But in a few cases, perhaps three out of a thousand, it is a fulminating infection that throws the victim into a coma and may cause death within a few days. Only in the past four years has an effective treatment for this form of hepatitis been developed; one man who is walking proof of its value is Peace Corps Volunteer John M. Bayne, 24.

A lanky Harvard graduate, Bayne had worked for almost a year in Maharashtra state in India,...