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June 4, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(23):2008. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730490054026

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To the Editor:  —I read with interest the inquiry as to whether or not female hemophilia carriers could be detected by any method, and your reply thereto, which appeared in The Journal, May 7, page 1679. It has always been my opinion that none of the tests proposed are of any value, whereas in your reply you take the stand that although the tests are not absolutely reliable, when positive they would constitute strong evidence that the woman in question was a carrier.May I quote the following, which appeared in Eugenical News, December, 1931, page 214:There seems to be considerable popular misapprehension concerning the possibility of determining a female carrier of hemophilia by some blood or chemical test, whereas as far as medical science now knows, the only method differentiating between a woman, from an affected family who is a carrier of hemophilia, and one from the same