Rickets is a disease in which the bones lose their earthy constituents, and consequently their natural hardness, becoming soft like gristle, and somewhat brittle, so that they are not only easily bent, but easily broken. The term rickets is usually applied to this softening, when it occurs in childhood; but a similar disease also attacks adults, especially females. Rickets is a constitutional disease, and is very generally associated with a tendency to scrofula, either hereditary or engendered by poor living and unhealthy influences, such as deficient ventilation and light, impure damp air, and bad food.


Calcarea carb., or calcarea phos., will cure nearly every case if given early and continued.