Morphologic studies are so interesting and apparently definite that it is not surprising that there has been a tendency among medical men to spend an undue amount of time on this phase of the leukemias rather than on the more vital one of etiology.
The breaking down of the artificial borderlines of distinction between the leukemias, the leukemic changes in the blood in the presence of established infections,1 and the variability in the findings in different patients and at different times in the same patient as shown by the report of many writers, notably Klieneberger,2 Stein,3 Marchet and Rieux,4 Reschad and Schilling,5 Moreschi,6 Ghedini,7 Strauch,8 Morawitz,9 Warren10 and Paltauf,11 have diverted attention more particularly of late to the cause of the leukemic process. We now hesitate to go much beyond the word "leukemia" or "leukemic state" in making a
WILBUR RL. LEUKEMIA—AN INFECTION? WITH REPORT OF CASES. JAMA. 1915;LXV(15):1255–1261. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580150029009
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