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Laboratory-Acquired Infections: History, Incidence, Causes and Prevention

C. Michael Weldon-Linne, MD
JAMA. 1985;253(8):1180. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350320106028.
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The subject of safety in the clinical laboratory, although a perennial concern, has recently received considerable renewed attention partly caused by the advent of an effective vaccine against hepatitis B virus (probably the most feared, if not the most common, laboratory-acquired infection) as well as, almost simultaneously, the appearance of the newly described acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Laboratory-Acquired Infections by C. H. Collins, a senior technical officer of the British Public Health Laboratory Service and consultant to the World Health Organization, is an attempt to document the historical, technical, and prophylactic aspects of one particularly important facet of laboratory safety—the danger of inadvertent infection.

Laboratory-Acquired Infections is an updated and greatly expanded and rewritten version of Collins' previous short monograph, The Prevention of Laboratory-Acquired Infection, published in the mid-1970s by the British Public Health Laboratory Service. The book is a concise, yet well-documented and very thorough, accounting of the microbiological hazards


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