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ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT AND SCURVY

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Science  09 Jan 1925:
Vol. 61, Issue 1567, pp. 45-47
DOI: 10.1126/science.61.1567.45-a

Abstract

Three experiments with different scorbutie diets showed that ultraviolet radiation is entirely ineffectual in preventing or postponing scurvy. With diets in which other factors, besides the scorbutic vitamin, were lacking, ultraviolet light hastened loss of weight and death from scurvy somewhat and prevented recovery after orange and cabbage were added to the diet. This, however, was not true when a diet lacking only in the antiscorbutic vitamin was used.