St. Jerome and Vitamin A

@article{Taylor1944StJA,
  title={St. Jerome and Vitamin A},
  author={F. Taylor},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1944},
  volume={154},
  pages={802-802}
}
THE following passage, taken from St. Jerome's “Life of St. Hilarion”,which was written about A.D. 392, appears to be the earliest account of the etiology, symptoms and cure of severe vitamin A deficiency. “From his thirty-first to his thirty-fifth year he had for food six ounces of barley bread, and vegetables slightly cooked without oil. But finding that his eyes were growing dim, and that his whole body was shrivelled with an eruption and a sort of stony roughness (impetigine et pumicea… Expand
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NATURE AND DISTRIBUTION ACCORDING TO AGE OF CUTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF VITAMIN A DEFICIENCY: A STUDY OF TWO HUNDRED AND SEVEN CASES
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The relationship of the ocular changes to a deficiency of vitamin A has been established by frequent clinical and experimental observations in man and in laboratory animals and is thought to be a phenomenon of repair stimulated by atrophy of the original epithelium. Expand