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Dr. MacDonald presents in this book his personal thesis on hemochromatosis. He contends, first, that iron overload and cirrhosis are independent and not causally related features and, second, that the increased body iron in idiopathic hemochromatosis is the result of excess dietary iron rather than of an abnormally increased absorption of a normal iron intake. His classification of hemochromatosis consists, then, of a variety of causes embracing iron overload on the one hand and liver damage on the other.
A third of the book is devoted to a discussion of iron metabolism, including normal iron metabolism, iron absorption in anemias
Hemochromatosis and Hemosiderosis.. Ann Intern Med. 1965;62:416. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-62-2-416_1
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