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November 1957

Hemophilia in Negro Subjects

Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C.

From the Department of Medicine, Howard University School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;100(5):759-764. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260110075011

Hemophilia has been described in practically all racial groups.1-3 The number of cases reported in Negro subjects is so small that the impression is given that this disorder is rare in this racial group. To date only 15 cases in Negro subjects have been reported in which the authors have presented sufficient laboratory data to support the diagnosis.4-11 Wintrobe12 mentions 2 cases, but they are among the 15 already reported.6,9 One possible reason for the small number of reported cases in Negro subjects is that these cases have been unsuspected or inadequately studied. Hemophilia is not a common disease generally, and in some parts of the country the quality of medical care for Negro patients on the average has been less adequate than for other racial groups. This paper presents 14 cases of hemophilia in Negro subjects. The study is of particular interest in that some

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