ALEXANDER G. LITTLE JR., M.D.; MARSCHELLE H. POWER, PH.D.; E. G. WAKEFIELD, M.D.
Considering the importance of iron in the body and the extensive work that has been done on this subject, still relatively little is known concerning metabolism of iron. During most of the last century many extensive arguments were carried on as to whether or not iron was absorbed at all. The misconception that it was not absorbed arose from the fact that the small amounts of iron in the body could not be detected by chemical methods available at the time. As late as 1893, Stockman1 felt it necessary to refute the theory, which was apparently current then, that the
LITTLE AG, POWER MH, WAKEFIELD EG. ABSORPTION AND EXCRETION OF IRON1. Ann Intern Med. ;23:627–633. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-23-4-627
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1945;23(4):627-633.
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