Sailors' scurvy before and after James Lind--a reassessment.

@article{Baron2009SailorsSB,
  title={Sailors' scurvy before and after James Lind--a reassessment.},
  author={Jeremy Hugh Baron},
  journal={Nutrition reviews},
  year={2009},
  volume={67 6},
  pages={
          315-32
        }
}
Scurvy is a thousand-year-old stereotypical disease characterized by apathy, weakness, easy bruising with tiny or large skin hemorrhages, friable bleeding gums, and swollen legs. Untreated patients may die. In the last five centuries sailors and some ships' doctors used oranges and lemons to cure and prevent scurvy, yet university-trained European physicians with no experience of either the disease or its cure by citrus fruits persisted in reviews of the extensive but conflicting literature. In… CONTINUE READING
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