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The first scientific clinical study

James Lind, London, 1753

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 December 2012

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Just 25 years after Pierre Fauchard published his pioneering work, The Surgeon Dentist or Treatise on the Teeth in 1728, James Lind, a Scottish physician, presented the results of his study on scurvy, the first clinical experiment in the history of medicine, which provided the methodological foundation for modern medicine.

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