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Clinical Consideration of an Anemia of Pregnancy and the Puerperium*

C. T. SMITH, M.D., F.A.C.P.; and W. B. KINLAW, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Medical Service Park View Hospital, Rocky Mount, N. C.

Ann Intern Med. 1931;4(8):939-944. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-4-8-939
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Puerperal anemia, which is probably a continuation if not a progression of the anemia of pregnancy, was first described by Channing in 1842,1 and for many decades doubted as being a specific anemia, has received more study in the past two decades and has been established as a definite anemia related to pregnancy and the puerperium; and furthermore according to Murdock's2 observations, "if the patient survives the acute attack, the blood picture usually returns to normal."

For an anemia to merit such a classification, we contend that all anemias should be excluded which might be explained by hemorrhage, sepsis (including


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