WILLIAM DAMESHEK, M.D.; HENRY H. HENSTELL, M.D.
Polycythemia vera is a relatively "new" disease. Although first described by Vaquez1 in 1892, it did not become generally known until after the appearance of Osler's articles in 1903 and 1908.2, 3 Since that time, it has usually been considered a rarity; evidence for this is present in the very few references to the disease from year to year in the world's literature. Among the various hematological conditions listed in the Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus, polycythemia ranks close to the last. Even in the last few years, with the evident great interest in the various disorders of the blood, the
DAMESHEK W, HENSTELL HH. THE DIAGNOSIS OF POLYCYTHEMIA1. Ann Intern Med. ;13:1360–1387. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-13-8-1360
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1940;13(8):1360-1387.
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