Intended for healthcare professionals

Practice Lesson of the Week

Unrecognised scurvy

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3580 (Published 17 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3580

Re: Vaccines and Unrecognized Scurvy.

Let's give credit where credit is due

According to Dr Archie Kalokerinos' book "Every Second Child" and his
writeup posted on his website ("My life since graduation") it was Dr
Douglas Harbison of Tamworth who recognised scurvy afflicting the
Australian Aborinal children and treated them with injections of vitamin
C, long before Dr Kalokerinos; indeed, Dr Kalokerinos at every opportunity
acknowledged this and thanked Dr Harbison for alerting him to this
problem.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

23 January 2010
Dr Viera Scheibner PhD
Scientist (retired)/Author
Blackheath NSW Australia