ALEXANDER R. STEVENS JR.; DANIEL H. COLEMAN; CLEMENT A. FINCH
In 1948 Rath and Finch1 described a simple method for the estimation of the iron stores in man by examining an unstained smear of bone marrow aspirate. In the present paper the method is applied to a large cross section of hematologic problems. The data obtained indicate that marrow examination for hemosiderin is a reliable index of iron stores in man and is frequently the decisive test in the diagnosis of anemia due to iron deficiency.
Two hundred ninety-eight marrow examinations were made on consecutive patients at the King County Hospital referred for hematologic evaluation between September,
STEVENS AR, COLEMAN DH, FINCH CA. IRON METABOLISM: CLINICAL EVALUATION OF IRON STORES1. Ann Intern Med. ;38:199–205. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-38-2-199
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