VIRGIL F. FAIRBANKS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Iron deficiency is widely prevalent throughout the world, in countries with primitive economies and low nutritional standards and also in the affluent societies of Europe and North America (1-6). Iron deficiency of various severities seems to occur in most women during the reproductive years, irrespective of socioeconomic stratum. Iron deficiency also occurs frequently in infants, particularly in premature infants and those receiving unfortified milk diets after the first few months of life.
Although the high prevalence of iron deficiency in affluent societies appears to be incontrovertible, some related issues remain less clearly resolved. For example, it has been asserted (7,
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FAIRBANKS VF. Diagnostic Tests for Iron Deficiency. Ann Intern Med. 1971;75:640–642. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-75-4-640
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