FRANK H. BETHELL, M.D., F.A.C.P.; SPRAGUE H. GARDINER, M.D.; FRANCES MACKINNON, M.S.
True anemia of pregnancy may be defined as a condition characterized by decrease in red blood cells or hemoglobin or both below the levels which may be considered as physiologic for the period of gestation, such decrease being associated with and dependent upon the gravid state. It is to be distinguished from anemia coincidental with pregnancy such as may result from hemorrhage, infection or primary blood dyscrasia.
The significance of anemia of pregnancy lies in its prevalence, its effect upon the health of both mother and infant, its response to appropriate therapy and its preventability. Moreover, accurate blood examination as
BETHELL FH, GARDINER SH, MACKINNON F. THE INFLUENCE OF IRON AND DIET ON THE BLOOD IN PREGNANCY1. Ann Intern Med. 1939;13:91–100. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-13-1-91
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