August 8, 1953

Lind's Treatise on Scurvy: A Bicentenary Volume Containing a Reprint of the First Edition of a Treatise of the Scurvy by James Lind, M.D., with Additional Notes.

JAMA. 1953;152(15):1492. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690150096035

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Although this book was published 200 years ago to demonstrate that scurvy could be prevented and cured, it is still surprisingly modern in outlook and in literary style. Lind's treatise on scurvy not only led to the virtual disappearance of the disease in civilized communities, but through its presentation of the subject, with censure of muddled thinking and superstition, emphasis on careful observation and controlled experiment, and reliance on facts and rational interpretation of them, it has attained recognition as one of the great medical classics of all time. The reprinting of this book, together with additional notes giving a short biography of Lind and a summary of the present status of vitamin C, pays tribute to a man who received little attention during his life. This is an eminently readable book and deserves careful study.

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