History

When Your Diet is Deficient Serious Results May Occur – Strength Magazine – November, 1928

April 11th, 1915, marks an epoch in the development of scientific knowledge in regard to fundamental diet requirements. On this day, the converted German cruiser, Kronprinz Wilhelm, after one of the most sensational privateering expeditions in the history of marine warfare, slipped into the James River, off Newport News, Va. A devastating illness had forced this action, for her crew was stricken down with a disease pronounced by the doctors as Beri-Beri, synonymous at that time with scurvy, pellagra, neuritis, or trench fever-all of which disorders manifest symptoms similar to those which incapacitated the crew of the German privateer.

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