Nutritional survey at a children’s institution; incidence of avitaminotic lesions and effects of therapy

  • Morton S. Biskind
  • R. R. Williams


Examination of 183 boys in a children’s institution, revealed an unexpectedly high incidence of signs and symptoms of nutritional deficiency. Approximately ninety per cent had glossitis, sixty-seven per cent had gingivitis, nineteen per cent had cheilosis and sixty per cent had avitaminotic symptoms related to the nervous system. Routine nutritional therapy with the vitamin B complex, together with ascorbic acid and vitamins A, D and E, of all but a few of this group, during a period of seven months, led to a complete disappearance of the indications of deficiency in most of those affected, and improvement in all but a few of the residual group. This study supports the view that examination for and adequate treatment of the stigmas of nutritional deficiency should have high priority in routine medical care.


Gall Bladder Mastitis Nutritional Deficiency Gingivitis Nutritional Therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Morton S. Biskind
    • 1
  • R. R. Williams
    • 2
  1. 1.New York City
  2. 2.Dobbs Ferry

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