"‘No’ to Recantation," by MICHAEL STUART LOOP
"Quackbusting Tales," by FREDERICK I. SCOTT JR.
"Solar Booster," by A. CENGIZ BÜKER, M.C.
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In the spirit of glasnost, I would like to correct the statement attributed to me in the article “Perestroika Comes None Too Soon” (The Scientist, June 27, 1988, page 6), implying a universal lack of pyrogen testing (other than human) in the Soviet Union. This is definitely not the case. The story appearing in your article was related to me by a clinician from one Moscow hospital. Because research animals and test reagents were unavailable to this hospital, intravenous solution prepared in-house were tried first, after being diluted with known pyrogen-free solutions, in a limited number of elderly patients prior to being released by the pharmacy for general use. This scientifically valid approach shows a...