Mellanby and Green were cautious in interpreting these observations, however, noting that, although impressive, the results were ‘too few in number to allow the deduction that this form of treatment is specific in its nature for septicaemia’.
The change from ‘puerperal sepsis’ to ‘puerperal pyrexia for the purposes of notification is not mentioned in the paper, but it is clear that if Mellanby had not included all cases of puerperal morbidity such as mastitis, cystitis and gonorrhea, he would not have had enough cases to achieve a statistically significant result.
The fifth of the five authors of the study report was Sir EdwardMellanby (1884-1955), a leading expert on the role of nutrition in general and the vitamins in particular.
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