In this country the only known diseases which occur with sufficient frequency to account for the grave secondary anemias are malaria fever and uncinariasis. My studies have been mainly directed to these two diseases to ascertain, if possible, which of the two is the more often responsible for secondary anemia or, when both infections are present in the same individual, which one is more responsible for blood destruction.
In the course of this study another problem has presented itself for solution. It was found that 18 to 20 per cent of all laborers admitted to Colon Hospital were infected with malaria parasites and uncinaria, but no such proportion disclosed any evidence of severe anemia. The few of those who did disclose evidence of severe anemia apparently had no severer or more chronic infections than those of the first class.
With the idea, then, of finding the cause for this discrepancy,
BATES JP. A STUDY OF SECONDARY ANEMIA IN PANAMA. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(4):268–272. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260010268014
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