February 6, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(6):492-494. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730320052021

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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

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