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December 29, 1962

Paroxysmal Myoglobinuria

Author Affiliations

University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago 12, Ill.

JAMA. 1962;182(13):1341. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050520039017

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To the Editor:—  In the article "Paroxysmal Myoglobinuria," by J. W. Erlenborn and C. G. Pilz, in the Sept 29 issue of The Journal (181:1111), it is stated that: "Myoglobinuria is also seen... in Haff's disease." Haff is not a proper name, but is the noun describing a lagoon or bay in the Baltic Sea. Dr. T. H. Ham (Cecil and Loeb, Textbook of Medicine, 1959) describes Haff disease as myoglobinuria resulting from the eating of poisoned fish taken from the "Haff" at Königsberg. The error in itself may be small, but faulty scholarship may be inferred from such an error.