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Fœtal Hæmoglobin and Erythroblastosis

Nature volume 162, pages 190191 (31 July 1948) | Download Citation



IN a recent communication, Jonxis1 reports quantitative estimations of alkali-resistant and labile hæmoglobin in cases of hæmolytic disease of the newborn. He comes to the conclusion that after birth only hæmoglobin of the labile, adult type is formed, and that in hæmolytic disease of the new-born there is a selective destruction of red blood corpuscles containing fœtal hæmoglobin. We carried out in the years 1939–42 a great number of similar estimations; these have been briefly reported previously elsewhere2,3.

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    , Nature, 161, 850 (1948).

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    , and , J. Physiol., 100, Proc. 3 (1941).

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    , and , Arch. Dis. Child., 18, 124 (1943).

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    , Hoppe-Seylers Z., 183, 78 (1929).

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    , Arch. Dis. Child., 18, 161 (1943).

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  1. Department of Pathology, The Children‘s Hospital, Birmingham.

    • H. S. BARR


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