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December 1936


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Queen's University.

Am J Dis Child. 1936;52(6):1319-1324. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1936.04140060029003

The present communication is concerned with the partition of lipids between the plasma and the red blood cells in new-born human infants. The material used consisted of samples of blood taken from the umbilical cord immediately after the birth of the child. The blood was oxalated, and aliquots of plasma and of red blood cells were removed, extracted with alcohol and ether and differentially analyzed for their lipid content by the Bloor micro-oxidative technic, as modified by me.1

It is unnecessary to review extensively previous studies of the lipid composition of the whole blood of infants at birth. Wilson2 and I analyzed whole blood by the same method in a comparative study of the arterial and venous circulation of umbilical blood and found it to contain a good deal less of all lipids than the blood of the mother or of normal adults. It was during the course

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