RICHARD A. KERN, M.D.
Just as the body strives to preserve a constant composition of other important factors in the internal environment so, too, the red cell and hemoglobin content of the blood is maintained at a normal level even under very adverse circumstances. When human beings1,2,3 or animals4 are subjected to prolonged and complete fasting, red cell and hemoglobin figures per unit volume remain at or near normal until long after marked general body wasting has taken place. In partial starvation, when food intake is below body needs, anemia does not occur until very late, provided the diet is reasonably diverse. For example,
KERN RA. Diet As a Factor in the Etiology of Anemia12. Ann Intern Med. 1931;5:729–739. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-5-6-729
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1931;5(6):729-739.
Hematology/Oncology, Red Cell Disorders.
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