Bruce Dan

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Bruce Bespalow Dan, M.D. (December 20, 1946 – September 6, 2011)[1] was one of the American researchers with the Toxic Shock Syndrome Task Force who established the link between toxic shock syndrome and the use of tampons.[2]

Dan died September 6, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland from complications stemming from a bone marrow transplant received to cure leukemia. He is buried in Garden of Remembrance Cemetery, Clarksburg, Maryland.[3]


  1. ^ Social Security Death Index (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2011.
  2. ^ Dennis Hevesi (September 10, 2011). "Bruce Dan, Who Helped Link Toxic Shock and Tampons, Is Dead at 64". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-09-12. Dr. Bruce Dan, who as a leading federal researcher helped establish a link between the life-threatening disease toxic shock syndrome and the use of tampons, prompting a major shift in the way tampons are produced, died Tuesday in Baltimore. 
  3. ^ See, Obituary, The Washington Post, September 8, 2011.