A Pioneer Passes: Mr. Iron pioneered phlebotomy treatment for iron overload

by Stephen Cobb on July 6, 2010

The New York Times is reporting that Dr. Clement A. Finch, a pioneering hematologist whose research on iron helped improve nutrition and led to advances in diagnosing and treating anemia, died June 28 at the age of 94. He was dubbed “Mr. Iron” by his colleagues. As some readers may know, Dr. Finch played a pioneering role in the study and treatment of Celtic Curse, “showing that hemochromatosis, a genetic disease that causes the body to absorb too much iron from food, could be treated through periodic bleeding. The excess iron can damage the heart, liver and pancreas.” You can read the Times obituary here.

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