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March 10, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(10):727. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510370033006

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The peculiar and pitiful anemia in Porto Rico is caused by hook worms or uncinaria. "Porto Rican anemia" is simply another term for uncinariasis or ankylostomiasis. Physicians in northern parts see so little of this disease in their practice that it is at first a little difficult for them to grasp the extent, the significance, and the misery of this disease in Porto Rico and other tropical countries.

In March, 1904, a commission was appointed for the study and treatment of anemia in Porto Rico, and reference has been made in these columns to the results of its work, which was deemed of such importance that the Legislative Assembly in 1905 appropriated $15,000 to continue the commission (Igaravidez, King, Bashford). The preliminary report of this commission, covering the period from June 1 to November 30, 1905, is at hand. A brief glance at some of the phases of its work

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