Is iron of value in the treatment of anemia? Is iron absorbed from the intestine when given in organic or inorganic form? Such questions lead to fields of discussion over which has risen the smoke of polemics and arguments without end. We believe that some of these difficulties may be cleared away by careful definition of terms. Our experiments deal with secondary anemia due to hemorrhage and not with chlorosis or any other form of anemia. We have controlled certain diet factors which can influence profoundly the hemoglobin regeneration in this form of secondary anemia. We suggest that our critics control these diet factors before any great emphasis is placed upon drug factors. It is now established that diet factors are concerned in the rapid regeneration of hemoglobin, therefore, these facts must be considered in evaluating any reaction in conditions of anemia.
Chlorosis has been mentioned so frequently in this
WHIPPLE GH, ROBSCHEIT FS. IRON AND ARSENIC AS INFLUENCING BLOOD REGENERATION FOLLOWING SIMPLE ANEMIAVI. NEGATIVE INFLUENCE OF FAMILIAR DRUGS ON THE CURVE OF HEMOGLOBIN REGENERATION FOLLOWING HEMORRHAGE. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1921;27(5):591–603. doi:10.1001/archinte.1921.00100110076004
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