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February 21, 1948


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Laurelton, Long Island, New York.

JAMA. 1948;136(8):573. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890250061022

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To the Editor:—  The studies of Drs. J. G. Allen, L. O. Jacobson and their associates at the Argonne National Laboratory on the mechanism of the hemorrhagic phases of thrombopenia, leukemia and radiation morbidity were the subject of recent editorial comment (The Journal, Dec. 27, 1947, p. 1156) but neither in the editorial nor in the publications cited was there mention of the significant pioneer work of M. Volkert and E. Hertel (Ugesk. f. laeger31:781-786 [Aug. 5] 1943), who demonstrated the relationship of heparinemia to the hemorrhagic phases of the malignant hematologic dyscrasias, certain human atopies and certain instances of hepatopathy. The oversight was excusable, inasmuch as wartime inaccessibility of foreign periodicals and their abstracts led to an almost complete reduplication of Volkert and Hertel's work by the group with which I was associated at Halloran General Hospital before we were aware of it. In the latest report

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