Sir Edward Mellanby (1884–1955) GBE KCB FRCP FRS: nutrition scientist and medical research mandarin

  title={Sir Edward Mellanby (1884–1955) GBE KCB FRCP FRS: nutrition scientist and medical research mandarin},
  author={Barbara J. Hawgood},
  journal={Journal of Medical Biography},
  pages={150 - 157}
  • B. J. Hawgood
  • Published 1 August 2010
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Medical Biography
Edward Mellanby used the experimental method to investigate medical problems. In 1918, working at King's College for Women, London, he provided conclusive evidence that rickets is a dietary deficiency disease due to lack of a fat-soluble vitamin [D]. In Sheffield he demonstrated that cereals, in an unbalanced diet, produced rickets due to the phytic acid content reducing the availability of calcium. Mellanby became Secretary of the Medical Research Council (1933–49) but continued his research… 

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