SUSANNE E. LARSH, M.D.
The folklore of health often carries on medical notions long beyond their tenancy in the profession. Popular belief in fatigue and dizziness as indicators of anemia persists and is abetted by peddlers of over-the-counter remedies containing iron for "tired blood." Most modern hematologists are skeptical, however, in regard to symptoms specific for iron deficiency and its concomitant anemia. A very recent text (1) notes, for example:
Complaints are relatively non-specific and can be attributed to anemia; that is, weakness, ease of fatigue, tachycardia, and exertional dyspnea.
What is not clear to many physicians, however, is to what degree of anemia
LARSH SE. Anemia and Symptoms. Ann Intern Med. ;66:234–235. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-66-1-234
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;66(1):234-235.
Hematology/Oncology, Red Cell Disorders.
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