JAMES M. FAULKNER, M.D., F.A.C.P.; F. H. L. TAYLOR, PH.D.
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The conception that scurvy has an important relationship to infection is far from new. In fact, some of the earliest descriptions of scurvy bear witness to this relationship and account for the fact that scurvy was often considered an infectious disease. Echthius, whose comments on scurvy were published in 1585,1 is referred to by James Lind2 as follows: "Echthius seems to be the first who gave rise to the opinion of its being a contagious or infectious lues. He was led into that mistake by observing whole monasteries who lived on the same diet, and in the same air,
FAULKNER JM, TAYLOR FHL. AN ARTICLE CONTRIBUTED TO AN ANNIVERSARY VOLUME IN HONOR OF DOCTOR JOSEPH HERSEY PRATT: VITAMIN C AND INFECTION*. Ann Intern Med. 1937;10:1867–1873. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-10-12-1867
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1937;10(12):1867-1873.
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