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December 9, 1933

THE WHITE BLOOD CELL COUNT

JAMA. 1933;101(24):1899. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740490059030

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —I was much interested in the editorial "The White Blood Cell Count" in The Journal, October 14. It interested me very much because, as many as thirty-two years ago, when I was a house officer at the Boston Children's Hospital, I made white counts (which were then coming into vogue) on every child who came into the hospital. I did this over a period of a few months. These children had pneumonia, appendicitis, congenital dislocation of the hips, bow legs, harelips, cleft palates, and various other acute and developmental defects. Apart from the acute conditions, the white count varied from 6,000 and 7,000 to 30,000, and at that time, the increased leukocytosis was interpreted as due to absorption from digestion, because many of the counts were taken within an hour or two after a meal, so, it was felt at that time, and still is, that there

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