Scarcely any disease has afforded opportunity for such abundant speculation and investigation as scurvy.
Till within the last twenty years its ravages among maritime and military ranks were appalling, and it has been largely due to the work of Lind, Garrod, Buzzard, Chalvet, and particularly that of Ralfe, that our knowledge of its etiology, prevention and treatment has reached a stage where it can be expressed in definite terms.
VARIOUS OPINIONS ON ETIOLOGY.
The causes in which the origin of scurvy have been sought have been indeed, in many cases, in no way related, each theory has had its grains of truth, but has failed to explain all and it is our purpose to correlate these various observations and refer them to simple terms.Lheridon-Cremorne1 sought its cause in nostalgia, Gueit2 in mental depression, Murray3 in despondency and hypochondria, Fabre4 in a vasomotor disturbance induced by
ROGERS RR. SOME PHYSIOLOGIC FACTORS INVOLVED IN THE ORIGIN OF SCURVY (SCORBUTUS). JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(18):1089–1091. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480440009001b
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