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March 1929


Am J Dis Child. 1929;37(3):686-687. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1929.01930030228023

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The author states that the only certain knowledge concerning the present confusion in regard to the etiology and pathogenesis of "alimentary anemia" is that the injurious substance leading to alimentary anemia has a definite relationship to the type of food consumed and has its origin in the intestinal tract. Almost without exception it is admitted that an anemia due to cow's milk must be associated with a congenital constitutional peculiarity of the body. The question whether the same is true in regard to goat's milk anemia is still under discussion.

A comprehensive discussion of the views advanced, up to the present, as to other factors in the etiology of alimentary anemia of children includes undernutrition, both quantitative and qualitative, with special reference to a deficiency in iron and vitamin and results obtained from iron and vitamin therapy. An explanation of the processes by which iron effects improvement or cure will

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