Infectious Hepatitis: Evidence for Two Distinctive Clinical, Epidemiological, and Immunological Types of Infection

Infectious Hepatitis: Evidence for Two Distinctive Clinical, Epidemiological, and Immunological Types of Infection

Infectious Hepatitis: Evidence for Two Distinctive Clinical, Epidemiological, and Immunological Types of Infection

Introduction

Viral hepatitis has become an alphabet. Six different viruses, ranging from A through to G, have become identified—and there may well be more to come. Hepatitis has been slow to yield to virological methods and even now only hepatitis A can be cultivated in the laboratory—and then not without difficulty. Sophisticated molecular and immunological technology has been needed to unravel the role of the other hepatitis viruses. Epidemics of jaundice have been known for at least 300 years and long been recognised by military doctors as ‘campaign’ jaundice.

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