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August 2003


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Arch Dermatol. 2003;139(8):983. doi:10.1001/archderm.139.8.983


Dr. E. B. BRONSON said that this case had markedly improved. There were, at the time of presentation, a number of lesions on the scalp, forehead, behind the ears and upon the legs. When last seen by him there were not more than three lesions requiring any attention. She had had the disease since childhood. The treatment had been cod-liver oil internally. . . .

J Cutan Genito-Urin Dis. August 1903;21:388.

There is little doubt that Viking ships, following the range of the Atlantic cod, reached North America sometime in the ninth or tenth century AD. Searching for cod, fishing vessels from Bristol, England, might also have reached the New World more than a decade before Columbus's first voyage. What is not a matter of debate but historical fact is that when Jacques Cartier "discovered" the St Lawrence River in 1534 and claimed it for France, he noted the presence of a thousand Basque ships already there and all fishing for cod.

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