C. T. SMITH, M.D., F.A.C.P.; W. B. KINLAW, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Puerperal anemia, which is probably a continuation if not a progression of the anemia of pregnancy, was first described by Channing in 1842,1 and for many decades doubted as being a specific anemia, has received more study in the past two decades and has been established as a definite anemia related to pregnancy and the puerperium; and furthermore according to Murdock's2 observations, "if the patient survives the acute attack, the blood picture usually returns to normal."
For an anemia to merit such a classification, we contend that all anemias should be excluded which might be explained by hemorrhage, sepsis (including
C. T. SMITH, W. B. KINLAW. Clinical Consideration of an Anemia of Pregnancy and the Puerperium*. Ann Intern Med. 1931;4:939–944. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-4-8-939
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1931;4(8):939-944.
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