MOSS JOEL, M.D., PH.D.; MICHAEL J. NISSENBLATT, M.D.; THOMAS S. INUI, M.D.
To the editors We have read with interest the comments by Drs. Chandra and Rosner (Ann Intern Med 79:973-974, 1973) and Marks (Ann Intern Med 79: 612, 1973) on olive or lettuce craving in iron-deficiency anemia. We have had in our care an elderly lady with two different cravings in marked iron deficiency. The remarkable aspect of this patient's cravings was that before the start of therapy, one pica gave way to another.
A 78-year-old diabetic housekeeper had a hematocrit of 40 in 1960. In November 1972 she was hospitalized at Good Samaritan Hospital and then had a hematocrit of
JOEL M, NISSENBLATT MJ, INUI TS. Successive Picas. Ann Intern Med. ;80:425. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-80-3-425_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;80(3):425.
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