Scurvy and the requirements of native mine labourers for the antiscorbutic vitamin. An experimental study

Fox, F.W.; Dangerfield, L.F.

Proc. Transvaal Mine Med. Officers' Assoc 19: 267-288


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The average ascorbic acid content of the whole liver of healthy accident cases was estimated to be for 26 Europeans 320 mg., for 32 town natives 158 mg., and for 32 mine natives 115 mg. A test dose of 1000 mg. ascorbic acid was given to 27 healthy natives who had just finished their contracts. In 17 a marked rise in urinary excretion of ascorbic acid followed a single dose; in 8 two such doses were needed, and in 2 three doses were required.