WILLIAM J. KLEIN JR., M.D.
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To the editor: In the last paragraph of their recent article, "Copper-Induced Hemolytic Anemia," (Ann Intern Med 73:409-412, 1970) Drs. Manzler and Schreiner state that markedly alkaline water in copper pipes could result from addition of copper to the water in those pipes. To the best of my knowledge even concentrated alkali is without effect on metallic copper, and cupric hydroxide, even if formed by an unusual mechanism, is insoluble.
WILLIAM J. KLEIN. Copper, pH, and Hemodialysis. Ann Intern Med. 1971;74:147–148. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-1-147_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(1):147-148.
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