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November 1963

Cinical Disorders of Iron Metabolism.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(5):803-804. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860050190045

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Iron Metabolism.  By T. H. Bothwell and C. A. Finch. Price, $15. Pp 434. Little, Brown & Company, 34 Beacon St, Boston 6, 1963.These two excellent monographs are clearly written, carefully documented, and generously illustrated with graphs and figures that consistently contribute to the clarity of the presentation. In controversial areas, the authors define the issue fairly but make their own views clear to the reader. As the titles imply, the emphasis in the two books is different.Beutler and his associates begin their work with a delightful chapter on the history of iron in medicine. The summary of iron metabolism which follows is well done, particularly in the section devoted to tissue iron enzymes; ferrokinetic studies are dismissed as being of little practical clinical importance; the discussion of iron excretion is too brief. Two objectionable statements about iron loss appear later: (a) 1 mg of iron is lost

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