Medicine: B1

In a steaming bamboo hut near Manila, a lean, bronzed young U. S. chemist sat with a small native child on his knees. The child lay rigid, its face, arms and legs swollen, the rest of its body wasted. The child whimpered at the burning pain in his heart and intestines. He was dying of beriberi, ancient Oriental disease. The chemist thrust a few drops of an extract from rice hulls between the child's lips. Almost instantly the boy revived, and young Chemist Robert Runnels Williams, India-born son of U. S. missionaries, knew that...

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