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Limeys: The True Story of One Man's War against Ignorance, the Establishment and the Deadly Scurvy

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 12 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:841
  1. Druin Burch, medical senior house officer. (
  1. Horton Hospital, Banbury

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    David I Harvie

    Sutton Publishing, £14.99, pp 314

    ISBN: 0750927720

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    The history of scurvy is a lesson to the world on the dangers of observation without proper experiment. There were many untested treatments, including being buried up to one's neck in the ground or using a urine mouthwash. Yet as early as 1747 James Lind, a navy doctor, conducted a trial in which he gave different treatments to six pairs of mariners with scurvy. Only the two given citrus fruit improved. While Lind (who was not the first to think fruit …

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