SCURVY

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Decription of the symptoms of Scurvy - from "Domestic Medicine" by William Buchan MD (1789).

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In 1847, there was an outbreak of scurvy in Britain.

Thomas Shapter, an Exeter physician wrote how this affected the inmates in the Crediton Union Workhouse.


The disease is now known to be caused by a diet deficient in Vitamin C, present in fresh fruits and vegetables.