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December 1943


Author Affiliations

Director of the Hematological Laboratory, Cook County Hospital CHICAGO; MEDICAL CORPS, ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES

From the Department of Medicine, Cook County Hospital.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1943;72(6):782-785. doi:10.1001/archinte.1943.00210120076007

Pernicious anemia is said to be rare in Negroes. Our review of the last 1,000 consecutive patients with pernicious anemia who entered the Cook County Hospital contradicts this observation. This study covers the period from 1931 to 1942, during which 93 Negroes were found to have pernicious anemia. An analysis of the results of our review constitutes the subject matter of this paper.

REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE  One hundred and six cases (5 doubtful) of pernicious anemia in Negroes are reported in the literature. All the reports are by American authors and 14 of the cases have been reported from the Cook County Hospital by Carr1 and by Traut.2 It is noteworthy in this connection that Carr's report, which covered the period from 1912 to 1920, included only 6 cases and Traut's, based on the statistics from 1920 to 1926, only 8. These occurred in a total of