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Beriberi was often found in Asian countries before the 20th century because they depended on white rice (with the husk removed) for their diet.
  disease caused by a lack of thiamine (vitamin B1); symptoms include muscle weakness, loss of appetite, nerve degeneration
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  • Beriberi was often found in Asian countries before the 20th century because they depended on white rice (with the husk removed) for their diet.
  • Most feared was beriberi, a potentially deadly disease caused by a lack of thiamine.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Ho-ho beriberi.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He had survived pellagra in Persia, scurvy inthe Malayan archipelago , leprosy in Alexandria, beriberi in Japan, bubonic plague in Madagascar, an earthquake in Sicily, and a disastrous shipwreck in the Strait of Magellan.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude

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  • There were two forms of beriberi, and they could occur concurrently.
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  • "Wet" beriberi affected the heart and the circulatory system, causing marked edema—swelling—of the extremities; if untreated, it was often fatal.
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  • "Dry" beriberi affected the nervous system, causing numbness, confusion, unsteady gait, and paralysis.
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  • In some cases, wet beriberi caused extreme swelling of the scrotum.
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  • Not long after, beriberi set in, and Minsaas became too weak to walk, then could no longer speak.
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  • He had developed beriberi.
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  • Just as at Ofuna, beriberi and other preventable diseases were epidemic at Omori.
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  • When wet beriberi victims pressed on their swollen limbs, deep indentations would remain long after the pressure was removed, giving the men the unnerving impression that their bones were softening.
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  • Almost everyone had beriberi, and some men went blind from malnutrition.
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  • The civilians that they saw were in shocking condition: The limbs of the adults were grotesquely swollen from beriberi; the children were emaciated.
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  • He’d seen too many men die to be ignorant of what this meant: beriberi.
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  • At one chain of hospitals, doctors found a history of wet beriberi in 77 percent of POWs and dry beriberi in half.
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  • At one chain of hospitals, doctors found a history of wet beriberi in 77 percent of POWs and dry beriberi in half.
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  • These were the cremated remains of sixty Australian POWs—one in every five prisoners—who had died in this camp in 1943 and 1944, succumbing to pneumonia, beriberi, malnutrition, colitis, or a combination of these.
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Associated words [difficulty]:   beriberi [9] , scurvy [5] , rickets [7] , pellagra [8]
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