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July 4, 1925


JAMA. 1925;85(1):36-37. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670010040015

In their discussions of the treatment of the secondary anemias, the current textbooks on therapy are singularly reticent or noncommittal about procedures intended to cause a restitution of the lost blood. A generation or more ago, one would have found "hematinics" discussed in considerable detail, special attention being devoted to the pharmaceutic niceties of a large variety of preparations of iron. "Iron," Sir Lauder Brunton told his students, "forms an important constituent of the red corpuscles, and in all cases of anemia iron is employed. It is sure to be tried, whether it does good or not." A decade later, Cabot was somewhat more cautious; for he was "not convinced that iron and arsenic hasten the processes of regeneration, but if the stomach is in good condition there is no objection to their use." Today the greatest stress is placed on "nutritious alimentation," a suggestion almost as vague in its