What did James Lind do in 1747?

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  • Format Videos
  • Language/s English
  • Target Audience Further education, Self-directed learning
  • EBM Stage 0 - Why EBM?
  • Duration <5 mins
  • Difficulty Introductory

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This 2 minute video was a recreation of Lind’s controlled trial for a BBC programme entitled ‘What the Industrial Revolution Did for Us: Modern Medicine’, presented by Dan Cruickshank and produced by Jonathan Hassid, and first broadcast on BBC 2 at 20.00 h, 28 October 2003.

‘What the Industrial Revolution Did for Us: Modern Medicine’ from James Lind Library on Vimeo.

Text on the treatise of scurvy is available on the James Lind Library website.

The page also contains other material commemorating James Lind, including a postage stamp and commemorative plaque erected by the Citrus Growers of California and Arizona.


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Jorgecortes 19:20pm Sat 27 Oct 2012

Which facts did he do?

17:00pm Sun 28 Oct 2012

@ Hi Jorge In the 1700s, more British Navy sailors died from scurvy than from enemy action. In short, James Lind discovered that you could prevent scurvy by giving sailors oranges and lemon to eat whilst they were at sea. What was particularly notable about this was that he did so by conducting one of the first ever clinical trials to test how well different treatments work. Watch the video, and if you want to read more, there are lots of essays about the importance of his contribution on the James Lind Library website linked above. cheers Douglas

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