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October 28, 1911

THE USE OF HYPODERMICS OF CITRATE OF IRON IN THE SECONDARY ANEMIA OF TUBERCULOSIS

Author Affiliations

Physician-in-Chief to the New Mexico Cottage, Sanatorium; Associate Physician New Mexico Cottage Sanatorium SILVER CITY, N. MEX.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(18):1428-1430. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260100254006
Abstract

Some years ago, Dr. B. R. Shurly, of Detorit, urged on me the importance of using citrate of iron hypodermically in the secondary anemia of tuberculosis. Shortly before, it had been his privilege to visit Italy, where he became acquainted with the common practice of Italian physicians of using iron in this manner, and the very great success of the method as applied to almost all secondary anemias.

As all understand, a high altitude is in itself very efficient in the removal of the secondary anemia of tuberculosis, and, therefore, I began the use of iron hypodermically tentatively and only in those cases in which the anemia proved resistant to dietetic, hygienic treatment, plus residence in a high altitude. Thus, it may be seen that I have confined its use to the most unfavorable class of patients, fiirnishing a most rigid test of the usefulness of the method.

Employing the hemoglobin

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