Puts additional burdens on the rest of societyBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6947.124c (Published 09 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:124
- A W Fox, Vice president
- Drug Development and Regulatory Affairs, Cypros Pharmaceutical Corporation, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA.
EDITOR,—The cases of Finfer et al1 illustrate a well known difficulty in the treatment of Jehovah's Witnesses, who do not wish to act counter to an unusual interpretation of an ancient scripture. These cases were managed without the transfusion of blood products; one patient died, and the other, surprisingly, survived.
Jehovah's Witnesses believe that, even when they have been seriously injured, avoidance of blood products is their highest responsibility. This is their privilege in a free society, but it is not the Jehovah's Witness's only …