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French patient contracts AIDS from surgeon

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 25 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:247
  1. Alexander Dorozynski
  1. Paris

    A French surgeon with AIDS has transmitted the disease to one of his patients. Until now only one similar case has been reported worldwide_that of a dentist in Florida who is believed to have contaminated five of his patients.

    Dr Patrick Cohen of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, near Paris, a specialist in orthopaedic surgery and traumatology, is believed to have become infected with HIV in 1983 when he carried out a femoral prosthesis operation on a woman who had received several blood transfusions. At the time AIDS was still a rarity, and …

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