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July 19, 1947


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Pediatrics of the Tufts College Medical School, the Boston Floating Hospital and the Children's Clinic of the Boston Dispensary.

JAMA. 1947;134(12):1002-1003. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880290016004

A complete classification of anemia as it is encountered in all age groups must include morphologic, etiologic and clinical considerations. For the purposes of a symposium such as is being conducted today it seems important to simplify the subject as far as possible so that the discussion may be of value to the practicing physician. For this reason a classification is presented in which the causes of anemia are arranged in the order of their occurrence in a group of hospital patients. This grouping is slightly different from the order in which Dr. Zuelzer has discussed the "Pathogenesis of Anemia." Although it is incomplete, almost all cases of anemia may be placed in one of its categories.

Analysis of 1,500 consecutive admissions to the Boston Floating Hospital was made to determine the incidence of anemia in hospital practice. It was found that 514 patients, or 34 per cent, showed a

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