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Pediatric Biographies
October 1934


Am J Dis Child. 1934;48(4):858-863. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960170148013

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Perhaps the first account of rickets is in the book of Soranus written when Trajan ruled in Rome. It seems strange that the disease could have escaped description as long as it did after that, but this may have been due to the fact that it was common, rather than uncommon. In 1582 Jerome Reussner, in a disputation at Basle, described rickets as a disease of children, common in Holland and Switzerland. He noted the weakness and the deformities of the chest and legs. Then the matter rested until 1645, when Daniel Whistler presented a thesis at Leyden entitled "De morbo puerili Anglorum, quem patrio idiômate indigenae vocant The Rickets." This was printed in Leyden by Wilhelm Christian Boxius.

Daniel Whistler was born in Essex, at Walthamstow, and he uses the term Anglo-Saxonicus orientalis in describing himself. He was sent to the Free School in Thame, Oxfordshire, and in 1639

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