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June 30, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(26):1991-1992. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510530011002c

The history of scurvy dates back to 1589, when its most dreaded presence was among sailors and in the armies, where a plentiful supply of fresh meat, vegetables and water were unavoidably limited, and often absent altogether. Much suffering and not infrequently death have resulted from this disease, which has been classed by prominent writers among the diseases of the blood and nutrition.

Scurvy, scorbutus, or Barlow's disease, so called because of the concise and efficient article published by Barlow of London about twenty-five years ago, and elaborated on in later years by Comby of Paris, is not confined to adults, and is equally serious when appearing in infancy or childhood.

Bacteriologic causes have not been satisfactorily proven, and while it seems not unreasonable to believe that further investigation will throw some light on this side of the subject, and although the disease is declared uncommon by modern writers, yet

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