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December 1940

Die Ergebnisse der Sternalpunktion.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;66(6):1359. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190180171019

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The merits of sternal puncture technic for the study of human bone marrow have received considerable attention in the past few years. Monographic studies of Nordenson (1935) and Segerdahl (1935) have been previously reviewed in the Archives of Internal Medicine. This monograph brings the literature on this subject up to date, and a commendable bibliography is appended. Sternal puncture is undoubtedly here to stay as a diagnostic procedure. Now that the wave of enthusiasm over a new technic has subsided and the limitations of this method have been closely demarcated by those still advocating a complete biopsy technic, clinicians have settled back to find that bone marrow studies are of only relatively rare diagnostic importance. Bone marrow puncture studies in cases of pernicious anemia, hemolytic icterus, polycythemia, agranulocytosis, purpura and ordinary leukemia, while informative and constructive in helping formulate ideas concerning the underlying pathologic function of these conditions, are not

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