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Infantile scorbutus was first definitely described oy Dr. Cheadle in 1878. This description he further supplemented by cases published in 1879 and 1882. Prior to that time these cases had been recorded as acute rickets, especially by German observers. In 1883, Dr. Barlow first established by two post-mortem examinations that the disease was true scurvy. In this country, Dr. Northrup confirmed Dr. Barlow's observations by a post-mortem made on a child dying from an indetermined disease at the New York Foundling Asylum in 1889. Since that date various post-mortem and clinical cases have placed the correctness of these views beyond dispute.
This disease is, however, comparatively rare. It occurred but once in over two thousand cases of children seen at the out-door department of Bellevue Hospital (Neuhaus) and not once in a thousand cases at the same department of St. Mary's Free Hospital for Children (Carr). It is, however, less
EGAN PR. A CASE OF INFANTILE SCORBUTUS, IN MONTANA. JAMA. 1895;XXIV(6):183–184. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430060001001
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