God Bless Us Everyone... with Some Vitamin D?
December 25, 2003 7:26 PM Subscribe
Diagnosing Tiny Tim
An interesting parlor game among pediatricians is to determine the ailment that afflicted the character Tiny Tim from a Christmas Carol. The most likely suspects include renal tubular acidosis
or a vitamin D deficiency
due to excessive London industrial smog, both of which result in rickets
. (This would explain why Tiny Tim needed a crutch). Given that Tiny Tim's condition was likely curable if Scrooge paid Cratchit more money, this has inspired one right-wing contrarian
to argue that Scrooge should have worked a little Malthusian magic
by letting Tiny Tim die.
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