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January 23, 1886

THE ETIOLOGY OF RACHITIS.

JAMA. 1886;VI(4):91-92. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250010099004
Abstract

Although we can hardly accept Jenner's statement that rachitis is the most common, the most important, and in its effects the most fatal of the diseases affecting children, as holding true in this country, it is yet sufficiently common to make its prevention of great importance to the public health. It is, typically, a preventable disease—so far as serious results to the individual are concerned—if proper treatment is instituted early enough. It might, probably, be absolutely prevented, if we knew the ultimate causes.

My purpose is to briefly present the statistics I have gathered as to the effect of the commonly accepted causes of rachitis on its production in this city.

During the past three years, at the West End Dispensary for Children, there were in attendance—

Total number under 7 years................................... 1,516.

" " of rachitics...................................... 75.

Percentage of rachitics....................................... 4.94.

Total number of colored under 7 years. 90

" " " " racllitics.

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