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May 10, 1913


Author Affiliations

Passed Assistant Surgeon, United States Public Health Service SAVANNAH, GA.

JAMA. 1913;60(19):1423-1427. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340190017009

The purpose of this article is to present a few facts in the epidemiology of pellagra. These facts pertain to 323 cases of pellagra which were seen by me during the summers of 1911 and 1912 while engaged in the pellagra field-work undertaken by the United States Public Health Service. The object of this field-work was primarily to collect data which would show the character of the home environment of the pellagrins and the nature of the conditions under which the disease was developing; in short, to make a study of the disease from the standpoint of hygiene. It was thought that information bearing on these points, in a large series of cases, might be of some value in indicating a direction for some line of investigation which might possibly lead toward the discovery of the cause of the disease, or of a method of its transmission. With these points

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