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July 11, 1977

Iron-Deficiency Pruritis

JAMA. 1977;238(2):129. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280020033014

To the Editor.—  I read the article "Pruritus: A Manifestation of Iron Deficiency" (236:2319, 1976) and would like to draw attention to work on iron deficiency and generalized pruritus dating back to 1967. Then Sneddon and Garretts1 described the relationship between itching and iron deficiency.Also, in 1972 Rook, Wilkinson, and Ebling2 described this condition, and in 1974 I published a paper3 describing the relationship of iron deficiency to generalized pruritus in 87 patients.I would entirely agree with your authors but would disagree that this condition has not been described.