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Is There an Increase of Rickets in Germany?
In the Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift, Prof. Leo Langstein calls attention to the dangers that threaten the health of children as a result of the economies that have been introduced. Thus far, the announcements concerning the health conditions among young children are still favorable; but of course some time elapses before an impairment of the health conditions manifests itself in the death rate. One observes first a gradual decline in the resistance of the children, as a result of food deficiencies and the absence of proper care, and death intervenes only as a final outcome of this process. Professor Langstein has observed in recent months an increase of rickets. The ergosterol preparations furnish a potent anti-rachitic remedy. If, therefore, an increase of rickets is frankly evident, either the ergosterol treatment is neutralized by other harmful factors or the ergosterol treatment is not carried
BERLIN. JAMA. 1932;98(6):492-494. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730320052021