Until recently, the attitude of most scientists and nutritionists has
been that if there was no scurvy, we were getting enough
. The absurdity in this reasoning is that scurvy is not the initial
symptom of ascorbic-acid deficiency. It is the final stage preceding
death. Enlightened physicians and nutritionists now use the term
subclinical scurvy to indicate states in which we are getting enough of
the vitamin to avoid symptoms of acute and chronic scurvy, but not enough
to prevent less dramatic disorders.