Medicine: Salted Down

Two years ago, Professor Einar Meulen-gracht, chief physician of Bispebjaerg Hospital in Copenhagen, examined a 71-year-old Swedish engineer who had lost four inches and was slowly shrinking back to boyhood height. So brittle had his bones become that once when he bent to pick up a heavy weight he heard his spine crack. To bolster up his telescoped vertebrae doctors had tried three different leather corsets, three fabric corsets with iron stays, as well as heavy doses of Vitamin D, calcium, and ground eggshells. Dr. Meulengracht found that the patient had always had sufficient calcium in his diet, but that apparently...

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