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April 1939

SEDIMENTATION RATE AND NONFILAMENT-FILAMENT RATIO IN LOW GRADE CHRONIC ILLNESSA STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF 292 CASES

Author Affiliations

Associate Physician, Chestnut Hill Hospital, and Assistant Physician, Germantown Dispensary and Hospital PHILADELPHIA

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1939;63(4):664-678. doi:10.1001/archinte.1939.00180210057004
Abstract

Although many articles have appeared on the variations in the sedimentation rate and nuclear count, little has been written on these subjects in relation to low grade chronic diseases, except tuberculosis and chronic arthritis, which have been studied extensively, and ulcerative colitis, concerning which an article has recently been published.1

The sedimentation rate has been reported as normal in focal infections,2 muscular rheumatism3 and peptic ulcer without complications.4 Sjögren5 reported that its determination was "useful in latent infection of the eye." In regard to nuclear counts, it has been stated that in "all important focal infections"6 and "long-continued or low-grade infection"7 there is a rise in the Schilling index and that there is "in chronic conditions a persistent high shift,"8 and there have been such conflicting statements as that of Rosenfeld,9 that in chronic appendicitis the blood picture is normal, and that of Crocker and Valentine,10 that in

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