Hepatitis viruses: changing patterns of human disease.

  title={Hepatitis viruses: changing patterns of human disease.},
  author={Robert H. Purcell},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={91 7},
  • Robert H. Purcell
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Viral hepatitis is a disease of antiquity, but evidence for more than one etiologic agent has been recognized only since the 1940s, when two viruses (hepatitis A virus and hepatitis B virus) were thought to account for all disease. In the past 20 years, three additional hepatitis agents (hepatitis C virus, hepatitis D virus, and hepatitis E virus) have been discovered, and there is evidence for at least one additional virus. Each of the five recognized hepatitis viruses belongs to a different… CONTINUE READING
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