WILLARD S. SARGENT, Lt. (MC) U. S. N.
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Beriberi is a food deficiency disease. It is due to lack of vitamine water-soluble "B" in the diet. It is particularly prevalent in the Orient, Dutch East Indies and Brazil. It occurs mainly in those whose diet is principally or wholly rice, and especially milled rice. In milling, the vitamine-containing portion of the rice is removed. The pericarp and aleurone layer are removed. Beriberi takes some time to develop, perhaps two to three months. It is not contagious. It seems that Wright's and Manson's and Braddon's theories are disproved. It is probably not due to bacteria, protozoa or nitrogen deficiency.
WILLARD S. SARGENT. Early Beriberi. Ann Intern Med. 1931;4:1340–1343. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-4-10-1340
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1931;4(10):1340-1343.
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