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Medicine's Deadly Dust: A Surgeons Wake-up Call to Society

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The "deadly dust" here is the cornstarch used to make latex examination and surgical gloves easier to slip on. This substance causes two problems, the first caused by the cornstarch (and similar substances, such as talc, used in other times and places), the second by latex proteins from the gloves themselves, which are spread by the cornstarch particles and which are a potent allergen in some people. This is indeed an emerging medical issue, fueled by the adoption of "universal precautions" in the 1980s as protection against bloodborne infections such as HIV. Suddenly, everyone in a healthcare setting is wearing latex gloves, and many people develop sensitivity to the latex. This book, alas, takes an interesting and important problem and buries it in misdirection and turgid prose. The author's voice, meant to be authoritative (he is professor of plastic surgery at the University of Virginia), is at once hectoring and condescending. Those who agree with him are deified, those who disagree branded conspiratorial. Worse, the notes and documentation (especially for a physician who prides himself as a scientist) are so scanty as to raise immediate suspicions and make it impossible to verify his claim that cornstarch-borne latex allergy is a multibillion dollar health problem caused by greedy corporations. Not recommended.Mark L. Shelton, Univ. of Massachuettes Medical Ctr., Worcester
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780918339454
  • Publisher: Vandamere Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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