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LIND, James
A Treatise of the Scurvy, in three parts. Containing an inquiry into the Nature, Causes, and Cure, of that Disease. Together with a Critical and Chronological View of what has been published on the subject .
Sands, Murray, and Cochran, for A. Kincaid and A. Donaldson, Edinburgh, 1753. THE PREVENTION OF SCURVY - AND THE FIRST CLINICAL TRIAL. First edition, first issue, of Lind's epochal work on the prevention of scurvy, the identification of a dietary deficiency as the cause (later identified as Vitamin C), and the first recorded example of a clinical trial. This work eventually had enormous impact not only on maritime health but on the military and hence economic efficacy of the British navy. Prior to Lind, as noted by him in the preface to this work, scurvy accounted for more maritime fatalities than combat or accident. On the famous circumnavigation of Admiral Anson (to whom this work is dedicated), 1000 of his crew of 1400 were lost to scurvy. "A century before the absence of vitamin C was identified as the cause of scurvy, this disease, so long endemic among seamen, had largely disappeared. This was mainly due to the work of James Lind and to the publication in 1753 of his Treatise of the Scurvy, in which he drew upon his own experiences as a naval doctor to give a clear, clinical account of the disease and to demonstrate conclusively by experiment that orange and lemon juice were the only known effective cure" (Grolier, Medicine p. 165). "James Lind (1716-1794), a Scottish-trained surgeon, began his reforms in naval hygiene with this treatise on scurvy . his practical suggestions for including antiscorbutic foods on sailors' daily menus during long sea voyages exerted a tremendous influence. His statements about the cause and cure of scurvy were not confirmed and elucidate … [Click Below for Full Description]
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