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To the Editor:
—In their important article "Treatment of Pernicious Anemia by a Special Diet" (The Journal, August 14), Minot and Murphy honor me by quoting one of my articles in relation to deficiency as a cause of pernicious anemia. The authors, however, misunderstood my work and this wants rectification. Though in the article to which they refer and in other publications I defended the view that pernicious anemia must be caused by deficiency, I never thought or wrote that I thought it was caused by lack of a single known or still unknown vitamin. Pernicious anemia is a complicated symptom complex and therefore it is, in my opinion, caused by a lack of different substances in the food, which are to be found in a diet rich in complete proteins (meat, milk, yellow of eggs) and rich in the known vitamins. This led me to treat pernicious anemia with
Elders C. TREATMENT OF PERNICIOUS ANEMIA BY A SPECIAL DIET. JAMA. 1926;87(20):1666. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680200066028
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