April 1976


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The Hospital for Sick Children Great Ormond St London WC1, England

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(4):443. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120050101021

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London.—"The times are out of joint" is a statement with which few will disagree whenever it is made. My own contribution is to write this letter from London mainly in North Carolina, but wherever I am, London is in my bones.

I thought that there was another asynchrony, for I have just read in a chronological list of medical discoveries that in 1875 Thomas Barlow differentiated infantile scurvy from "acute rickets," showing that it was speedily cured by diet. As it is already November, it seemed rather late to stage a centenary, but I was doing my best, only to find that (at least according to Barlow) the date was really 1883. He did not give the original reference and neither I nor the Surgeon-General in his catalog managed to place it, but it will be in London, as the demonstration was to the Royal Medico-Chirurgical Society on Tuesday,

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