Determination of the iron content of the whole blood in infancy and childhood has not been extensively investigated. Gallo1 compared blood iron values with hemoglobin values which he had obtained from healthy new-born infants and could find no direct proportion between the two. Kotikoff2 in a study of 20 healthy full term infants determined the average values for whole blood iron for the first year of life. From a comparison of the average values for whole blood iron with the hemoglobin values obtained for another group of infants over a like age period, he concluded that in the full term infant during the first year of life the values for hemoglobin and for whole blood iron follow similar curves. From the formula percentage of hemoglobin over milligrams of iron per hundred cubic centimeters he established a constant for the two values from the new-born period to the age
ABT AF. ANEMIA OF PREMATURE INFANTS: II. A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF BLOOD IRON AND HEMOGLOBIN VALUES IN PREMATURE INFANTS. Am J Dis Child. 1935;49(5):1204–1218. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970050102011
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