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To the Editor.—
In your editorial "Anemia of Chronic Renal Failure," (214:1880, 1970), you have chosen to quote Boddy et al who find decreased intestinal absorption of radioactive iron in patients with chronic renal failure, implying that this may be one of several important mechanisms in the etiology of this anemia. However, in the same journal as the Boddy et al report (Clin Sci38:191-196, 1970), in an article entitled "Iron Absorption in Chronic Renal Disease," Eschbach et al state: "The presence of renal disease and the degree of azotemia likewise did not appear to affect absorption." I think that this study should also have been mentioned in your editorial to indicate that Boddy's work is not universally accepted.
Silberstein EB. Anemia of Chronic Renal Failure. JAMA. 1971;215(12):1987. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03180250079028
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