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To the Editor:
—It was my privilege to practice medicine for several years among the Filipinos before it had been demonstrated that beriberi was due primarily to highly polished rice, althoug natives and whites were agreed that Saigon rice was more conducive to the disease than any other. This is a grade imported from French China and greatly prized for its whiteness and large grains, and during my residence in the Philippines was extensively consumed.As the real cause of beriberi was not known at that time and as my duties consisted chiefly in inspecting posts occupied by native troops, it became absolutely necessary to devise means whereby the spread of the disease could be checked. Close observation revealed the fact that the disease was more prevalent among those who were confined or housed in stone buildings that were more or less damp. One place where prisoners were kept was
Laws CE. Beriberi Among the Filipinos. JAMA. 1912;LIX(6):463. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080145033