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September 14, 1970

Hypochromic Anaemia

Author Affiliations

District of Columbia General Hospital Washington, DC

JAMA. 1970;213(11):1908. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170370092033

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With the resurgence of interest in iron metabolism and the recent advances in knowledge of this subject, there is a need for a monograph such as this which is aimed at the general medical reader. This is a good, short book of approximately 100 pages. Most of the recently available information on iron metabolism is provided with particular attention to the diagnosis and management of iron deficiency. Although most of the references are from British and European literature and some excellent recent American references are omitted, the bibliography is a satisfactory guide to available literature both general and specific.

Despite this, Dr. Witts' classification of hypochromic anemia follows the old school and is artificial by modern standards. This introduces unnecessary redundancy and confusion. Iron deficiency anemia can be better understood in light of the balance between need and supply. The former is increased in growth, pregnancy and bleeding, and the