Scurvy and embryo culture

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Volume 109, Issue 6, Page 988

Authors:

Kurt T. Barnhart, M.D., M.S.C.E

Abstract:

Lind, founder of naval hygiene in England, wrote a classic treatise on scurvy, in which he described the first deliberately planned controlled therapeutic trial ever undertaken:
I took 12 patients…with scurvy…[who] had one diet common to all.

Two of these were ordered each a quart of cyder a day.

Two others took twenty-five drops of elixir of vitriol…

Two others took two spoonfuls of vinegar…

Two…were put upon a course of seawater….

Two others had two oranges and one lemon…every day.

Two remaining patients took an electuary…made of garlic, mustard, balsam of peru and myrrh.



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