Medicine: Chlorosis

Chlorosis, an affliction of young women through the ages, has recently disappeared from the records of Medicine. Last week Professor Willis Marion Fowler, 35, of the University of Iowa, published its obituary in the Annals of Medical History.

Victims of chlorosis were usually maidens in their middle teens. Physically they always seemed well-nourished. Their skin, however, had a greenish-yellow tinge, especially in brunettes. There was a bluish cast to the whites of their eyes. Such chlorotic girls constantly complained of being tired. They had capricious appetites, often preferred sour things like pickles.


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!