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November 1, 1902

A CASE OF SCURVY, WITH UNUSUAL POVERTY OF THE BLOOD.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(18):1086-1089. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480440006001a
Abstract

NARRATION OF CASE. 

History.  —W. G., white, single, age 32, bricklayer, was in the south of Cuba from August to December, helping in the erection of a mill. His condition when he went was good, as he had spent a vacation at the shore. He was a moderate user of alcoholic beverages, and never had any venereal disease. He was housed well enough, but the water was poor and the food distasteful in almost every respect. The beef that was killed in the morning was eaten for dinner and sometimes for breakfast. Vegetables were scarce, fruit apparently scarcer; and, as everything was cooked by a native cook in Spanish style, the patient could bring himself to eat hardly anything. There were forty men in the party and all but one were sick, usually with malaria or typhoid, although authoritative diagnoses are lacking, as the nearest physician was sixty miles away.

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