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Account of the illness of Matthew Daking, aged 12, of Barnsley near Wakefield who suffered from ravenous hunger but vomitted everything he ate. Contains table listing the food consumed by Daking over 6 days.

Subject: Physiology, nutrition

Read 9 May 1745

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4 May 1745
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4 pages

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Letter, 'Of a case of boulimia' from J Cookson to John Martyn, 4 May 1745, L&P/1/389, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 19 April 2024

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