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June 23, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(25):1853. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640520035014

Following the close of the war, information began to reach London that rickets was extremely prevalent in Vienna as a result of deficiency in diet. The Medical Research Council, which had been carrying on special investigations of this disease, appointed a committee to carry on investigations in Vienna jointly with the Accessory Food Products Committee. The committee found at once that war edema had been prevalent, but was no longer so, and that scurvy was common among infants. Moreover, rickets had increased both in incidence and in severity.

As is pointed out in the report just issued,1 the problem of the cause of rickets is approaching solution, but the interplay of the various factors influencing the satisfactory digestion of calcium phosphate in the growing skeleton is still obscure. As has been indicated in The Journal, certain investigators were of the opinion that rickets is an infectious disease, whereas others