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  • Rickets is too common in some poor countries.
  • She had rather, she told me vehemently, spend her life with a grasshopper who had rickets, than spend one more night in bed with me.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Rickets and shingles were back, and perhaps polio was coming back, too.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • At any rate he was wretchedly sick and undersized; he had the rickets, and though he was over three years old, he was no bigger than an ordinary child of one.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle

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  • Ya drink water an’ sugar an’ all ya get is rickets.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • For how was it possible to believe that those large brown protuberant eyes in Silas Marner’s pale face really saw nothing very distinctly that was not close to them, and not rather that their dreadful stare could dart cramp, or rickets, or a wry mouth at any boy who happened to be in the rear?
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • While a medical student, he dissected a good many women — from the labouring classes, naturally — and their spines and musculature were on the average no feebler than those of men, although many suffered from rickets.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Are you sure it’s safe to drink, Will? I certainly don’t want to contract rickets or typhoid fever or whatever it is you catch from drinking contaminated water.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Their women worked themselves to death, their mules succumbed to worms and their children were crippled by rickets and perished from fever, but every Sunday morning The Word leaked out of little white-wood sanctuaries where preachers thrust ragged Bibles at the rafters and promised them that while sickness and poverty and Lucifer might take their families, the soul of man never dies.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • He needed vitamin D for the boy or he was going to get rickets.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road

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  • These are the stigmata of rickets.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • How came he here from the clean Dutch thrift of his youth into this vast lost earth of rickets?
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • I, for a time, at least, have worked thy cure; Thy fancy’s rickets plague thee not at all: Had I not been, so hadst thou, sure, Walked thyself off this earthly ball Why here to caverns, rocky hollows slinking, Sit’st thou, as ’twere an owl a-blinking?
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • She says she knows all about teeth and bones and rickets but beggars can’t be choosers.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • All the infants in the croup room appeared related because they all had the stigmata of rickets to a greater or lesser degree.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • It was a world of rickets.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • "The croup following measles, on top of malnutrition, on top of rickets," he said to me under his breath.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • When labor began, the baby’s head jammed against her pelvic bones, the pelvic inlet already narrowed by rickets.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Sometimes, when Eliza awoke to find her servants gone, he was sent down into Niggertown to capture a new one: in that city of rickets he searched into their fetid shacks, past the slow stench of little rills of mire and sewage, in fetid cellars, through all the rank labyrinth of the hill-sprawled settlement.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Only the earth endured—the gigantic American earth, bearing upon its awful breast a world of flimsy rickets.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
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