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Barlow's disease

noun Bar·low's disease \ ˈbär-ˌlōz- \
variants: also Barlow disease

medical Definition of Barlow's disease

:infantile scurvy
  • Barlow's disease is another name for infantile scurvy or vitamin C deficiency, which was a well-recognized condition among bottle-fed infants, both in Europe and in the United States in the first half of the 20th century.
  • —Alan Clemetson, letter in Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients1 Jan. 2002

Biographical Note for barlow's disease

  • Barlow, Sir Thomas (1845–1945), British physician. Barlow is noteworthy for his research and discoveries in children's diseases. In 1883 he described infantile scurvy, now known as Barlow's disease. He was the first to distinguish infantile scurvy from rickets, and tuberculosis from simple meningitis.

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