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May 1932


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Los Angeles.

Am J Dis Child. 1932;43(5_PART_I):1222. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1932.01950050174016

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To the Editor:—In his article entitled "Anemia of the New-Born," in the February, 1932, issue of the American Journal of Diseases of Children, page 337, Dr. Arthur F. Abt, after reviewing the fourteen reported cases of this condition, states (page 343): "Of the reported cases that I have analyzed in detail, I would exclude on etiologic grounds the cases of Susstrunk, Greenthal and Happ from being true examples of anemias of the new-born of unknown cause. Greenthal's case showed positive evidence of cerebral hemorrhage after high forceps delivery, and Happ's case, a tuberculous mother and an extreme type of asphyxia neonatorum."

In Dr. Abt's analysis of these reported cases (table 2) one notes: grip in the mother during pregnancy, one case; hypertension and toxemia in the mother, one case, and tuberculosis in the mother, one case. These conditions are of too frequent occurrence to play an important rôle in

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