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June 2, 1956

INFANTILE SCURVYTHE INCREASING INCIDENCE OF SCURVY IN THE NASHVILLE AREA

JAMA. 1956;161(5):448-456. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.62970050015011
Abstract

Scurvy continues to occur among the infant population in the United States despite advances in the knowledge and application of the principles of nutrition. This is illustrated by the experience in the wards and clinics of Vanderbilt University Hospital during the last 28 years. Throughout this period staff members of the pediatric service have been actively interested in scurvy and in ascorbic acid metabolism; therefore, it seems unlikely that the increased incidence results from changes in recognition of the disease or the accumulation of cases referred for special study. Inquiries among the pediatricians and the general practitioners in the Nashville area have confirmed our impression of a real increase in the incidence of infantile scurvy. Simultaneously, there has been a decrease in the incidence of other deficiency diseases in the adult population of this hospital during the past decade, and deprivational rickets has become a rarity in the pediatric service.

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