Blood-Products Transfusion and the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome

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To the editor: I am writing to question the propriety of publishing articles such as that by Jett and associates (1) which appeared in the November issue. Its title implies that the authors have established a relation between Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in a patient and the blood products administered. Certainly the patient received blood transfusions and later had an inverted helper: suppressor T-cell ratio, but the authors have not shown that any of the donors belonged to a high-risk group. The authors have not even traced the donors that were involved. If they had done this and had shown that

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