To the Editor.—
In a recent commentary by Dr Crosby1 entitled "Whatever Became of Chlorosis?" the author implies that chlorosis has not only vanished from the practice of medicine but disappeared from the medical literature as well. Having noted the mass of citations on chlorosis in the 1881 edition of the Index Catalog of the Library of the Surgeon General's Office U.S. Army, the author states that "one hundred years later, in 1981, Index Medicus [IM] contains none, not one, no listing at all. Chlorosis is gone from IM because it is gone from the practice of medicine." Although chlorosis has faded from the modern hospital ward and even from the pages of the 1981 edition of IM, references to the disease still appear in the literature.A search of the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE database for the year 1981 reveals four articles2-5 (concerning the disease in
Cahan MA. Chlorosis Lives!— and Slips Through MeSH. JAMA. 1987;258(9):1174. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400090058022
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