A case study Cooley's Anemia

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By Christopher T. Bailey, Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Wells College; Mohammad Mahroof-Tahir, Department of Chemistry, St. Cloud State University Max and Andrea Foresti are sitting in the waiting room of their family physician, Dr. Mary Litton. A young couple, Max and Andrea have been married just two years and have a son, Peter, whom they are bringing in for a follow-up visit with the doctor. They are concerned because Peter has recently been suffering from a number of infections. Although Peter seemed to be a happy and healthy newborn, he has grown increasingly listless over the past few months. He has lost much of his appetite and his complexion has become pale. Max and Andrea believe that Peter has become anemic due to his poor diet; both Andrea and Max themselves suffered from jaundice as babies. The family is called in to see Dr. Litton, who, after exchanging pleasantries, reviews Peter's symptoms with them and then says, "You'll remember that when you w

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The Chemistry of Cooley's AnemiaBy Christopher T. Bailey, Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Wells College; Mohammad Mahroof-Tahir, Department of Chemistry, St. Cloud State University Max and Andrea Foresti are sitting in the waiting room of their family physician, Dr. Mary Litton. A young couple, Max and Andrea have been married just two years and have a son, Peter, whom they are bringing in for a follow-up visit with the doctor. They are concerned because Peter has recently been suffering from a number of infections. Although Peter seemed to be a happy and healthy newborn, he has grown increasingly listless over the past few months. He has lost much of his appetite and his complexion has become pale. Max and Andrea believe that Peter has become anemic due to his poor diet; both Andrea and Max themselves suffered from jaundice as babies.The family is called in to see Dr. Litton, who, after exchanging pleasantries, reviews Peter's symptoms with them and then says, "You'll remember that when you were last here I ordered some blood work to be done on Peter. The results of the blood work have confirmed a suspicion I had based on Peter's symptoms and some other

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