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September 9, 1933


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JAMA. 1933;101(11):872. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740360052028

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To the Editor:  —On reading Dr. Moses Barron's article in The Journal, May 20, one is left in doubt as to whether the conclusions reached in this study contribute as much to the consideration of this question as could be expected. Dr. Barron does not tell the number of tuberculosis cases present in this series of over 16,000 postmortem examinations, nor does he tell how careful a search was made to determine the actual existence of pernicious anemia in all the bodies examined. It is obvious, however, that over 2 per cent of the bodies examined and found to have pernicious anemia also showed active tuberculosis. It would be of value to know whether more than 330 cases of active tuberculosis were encountered in the whole series. One would like to know just what the incidence of pernicious anemia is in the general run of patients encountered in the general

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