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A Treatise of the Rickets: Being a Disease Common to Children

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 10 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:837
  1. John Black, retired consultant paediatrician
  1. 1Framlingham, Suffolk
  1. dorothyblack{at}

    When Glisson, Bate and Regemorter studied rickets it was thought to be a new disease. Their joint work—a very early example of collaborative research—was published in 1650 under the title De Rachitide, sive Morbo Puerili qui vulgo The Rickets dicitur (Concerning Rickets, or a disease of children which is commonly called the Rickets) and was translated into English by Philip Armin the year after.

    It described the clinical features of rickets:

    The head bigger than ordinary, and the face fat and in good constitution …

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