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The Decline of Chlorosis
In Guy's Hospital Reports, Dr. J. M. H. Campbell has shown by statistics that an enormous decline has taken place in the incidence of chlorosis, not only in this country but also in others. At Guy's Hospital, chlorosis has been separately indexed since 1888, so that its yearly incidence can be judged by the number of patients admitted. The statistics of some other great hospitals, London and provincial, were also examined. The combined result shows a steady decline since 1903. Very little, if any, of the decrease can be accounted for by changes in the use of the word chlorosis, or by improved methods of diagnosis. In 1916, the number of cases was only half the number in 1910, and less than quarter of those in 1903. From 1899 to 1903 there was a small increase, which was balanced by the decrease from 1903-1906. At the
LONDON. JAMA. 1923;81(12):1033-1034. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650120065021