Causes of Disease - 3

The Dutch researchers noticed that beriberi is accompanied by muscle weakness, weight loss, nervous disorders and ultimately paralysis and death.  They found that beriberi was common on Java, the heavily populated island that was the seat of the colonial government. They looked for correlations between beriberi and various environmental factors (sanitation, water quality, air quality, light intensity, etc.) but found none. 

Question: The research team was commissioned to find the germ that caused beriberi.  What would you do try to find the germ?  Enter in the quickwrite.




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