“The tainted blood tragedy was a massive and deadly institutional failure but there were also some small acts of heroism that didn’t get recognized,” Globe and Mail public health reporter André Picard wrote in an e-mail. Mr. Picard is also author of The Gift of Death, a book about the tainted-blood scandal. “On a number of occasions, Dr. Huntsman took actions in defiance of Red Cross policy that prevented infections and saved lives. He was a model of professionalism and common sense and, had there been more like him, the ravages of tainted blood would have been much less horrific.”
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