IN THE study of a rare disease it is unusual for one group of investigators to be able to see personally a large series of cases. The occasion of the visit of one of us (T. L. A.) to Melbourne, Australia, was taken to study a group of 15 patients with hemochromatosis (13 men and 2 women) and to assess case records and pathological material available on a further eight patients (7 men and 1 woman). All the patients had been seen at the Clinical Research Unit of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and the Royal Melbourne Hospital in the last three and one-half years.
As a basis for this study we took the excellent monograph on hemochromatosis by Sheldon1 and found that little need be added, on the clinical side, to his description of the disease. But in the last few years advances have taken place in
ALTHAUSEN TL, DOIG RK, WEIDEN S, MOTTERAM R, TURNER CN, MOORE A. HEMOCHROMATOSIS: investigation of Twenty-Three Cases, with Special Reference to Etiology, Nutrition, Iron Metabolism, and Studies of Hepatic and Pancreatic Function. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1951;88(5):553–570. doi:10.1001/archinte.1951.03810110003001
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