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September 9, 1933


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JAMA. 1933;101(11):872. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740360052029

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[The letter was referred to Dr. Barron, who replies:]

To the Editor:  —Dr. Josewich feels that the results were not as conclusive as might be desired. Unfortunately, no more dogmatic conclusions can be properly arrived at with the type of material under discussion. The thesis presented in the paper is that, from careful search in the literature together with the study of a large series of postmortem records, a combination of active tuberculosis, especially pulmonary tuberculosis, with pernicious anemia is exceedingly rare. All the available literature confirms this stand. As to the number of tuberculosis cases in this series, I have not the exact record, but in a study of 12,000 of these 16,000 cases there were found 318 cases of tuberculosis, which would approximate a total number for the 16,000 cases of about 475. Obviously an effort should be made to encourage more careful blood studies, but this should

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