N. B. KURNICK, M.D.
Reports on hunger edema were published many centuries ago. Diogenes Laertius described the fate of the philosopher Heraclitus (born ca. 435 B.C.) who, despairing of his fellow man, withdrew to the hills as a hermit. Here he subsisted only on herbs, became dropsical and died. Since then, recorded history reports the frequent recurrence of epidemics of edema in periods of famine.1 The condition particularly attracted the attention of the medical profession in Central Europe during its outbreak in the First World War, when it became known as "War Edema" These observers were the first to appreciate the importance of the
KURNICK NB. WAR EDEMA IN THE CIVILIAN POPULATION OF SAIPAN1. Ann Intern Med. ;28:782–791. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-28-4-782
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1948;28(4):782-791.
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