PRADEEP CHANDRA, M.D.; FRED ROSNER, M.D., F.A.C.P.
To the editor: We have recently seen a 42-year-old woman with iron deficiency anemia and an intense craving for olives that was relieved by oral iron therapy.
The patient gave a history of menorrhagia of many years' duration. Four months before hospitalization she began to develop an intense craving for olives. She ate approximately five to seven jars of green olives weekly. The urge to eat olives was so intense that every afternoon she would leave her place of employment an hour early to go to the store to purchase olives.
The patient had generalized pallor; she had no lymphadenopathy,
CHANDRA P, ROSNER F. Olives-Craving in Iron Deficiency Anemia. Ann Intern Med. ;78:973–974. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-6-973
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(6):973-974.
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