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February 13, 1932

Nutritional Anaemia in Infancy with Special Reference to Iron Deficiency.

JAMA. 1932;98(7):577. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730330059036

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Secondary anemia is one of the most common disorders found in all types of environments and in all classes of people. It seems also that secondary anemia due to nutritional deficiencies is quite common as well. Anemia in infants brings an increased susceptibility to infections and for this reason must be combated early. This report is based on investigations lasting over five years on 1,100 infants. The studies seem to indicate that nutritional anemia is a clinical entity, and its etiology and prevention are considered. For prevention and cure, it is suggested that a child be given iron and ammonium citrate. It seems possible, however, that this preparation might better be saved for treatment and that foods high in iron content be given in the infant's diet as early as possible, as a preventive measure. The attention drawn toward the subject of anemia by this investigation will aid in promoting

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