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July 27, 1940

CONFERENCES ON THERAPY: THE TREATMENT OF BLOOD DISORDERS

JAMA. 1940;115(4):297-302. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.72810300011009

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Abstract

IX. POLYCYTHEMIA, HODGKIN'S DISEASE AND SPLENIC DISORDERS 

Dr. Paul Reznikoff:  Polycythemia vera, or erythremia, is due to an increased production of red blood cells. There is not complete agreement as to the cause of this increased production, and the various suggestions which have been made have contributed little to treatment. The aim is either to inhibit production or increase destruction, so that the red blood cells tend to approach normal. Of course there are many ways of doing that, but today I wish to speak only of the four accepted methods of treatment, by which I mean methods that have been tried and found effective and which can be used over long periods of time. Different patients respond differently to the various methods. What is good for one patient is not good for the other, and the customary procedure is to try first the method which the clinic customarily uses

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