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J Bone Miner Res. 2006 Oct;21(10):1506-10.

Rickets in the 17th century.

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  • Department of Metabolic Medicine, University College London, London, United Kingdom. jeffrey@adrigole.co.uk


Rickets was first documented as a cause of death in the Bills of Mortality for The City of London in 1634, but detailed descriptions were only published between 1645 and 1668. It was thought at the time that this was a new disease in England, but there was no indication as to the cause of the condition. However, air pollution from smoke produced by burning coal caused serious problems at that time, and so it can be suggested that vitamin D deficiency was responsible.

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