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HISTORY OF MEDICINE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 136-139

Night blindness and ancient remedy


Department of Cardiology, Heart Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar

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DOI: 10.4103/1995-705X.151098

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The aim of this article is to briefly review the history of night blindness and its treatment from ancient times until the present. The old Egyptians, the Babylonians, the Greeks and the Arabs used animal liver for treatment and successfully cured the disease. The author had the opportunity to observe the application of the old remedy to a patient. Now we know what the ancients did not know, that night blindness is caused by Vitamin A deficiency and the animal liver is the store house for Vitamin A.


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