St. Jerome and Vitamin A

  title={St. Jerome and Vitamin A},
  author={F. Taylor},
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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