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Joseph Goldberger was instrumental in demonstrating by experiment and by critical appraisal of many conflicting records that pellagra results essentially from faulty nutrition. In Goldberger's efforts to establish scientific and public recognition of this relationship, a younger associate, Dr. William Henry Sebrell Jr., played an important role, a role that shaped his own career so that he has become one of America's most notable investigators in exploring the relationships of nutrition to human and animal health. The Joseph Goldberger Award was established by the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association in cooperation with the Nutrition Foundation to serve as a stimulus to medical investigators in advancing the frontiers of public and personal health, with special reference to the significance of good food.
Dr. Sebrell has not only waged a winning battle in his efforts to understand and defeat pellagra but in other areas of nutritional research has made
THE JOSEPH GOLDBERGER AWARD OF 1952. JAMA. 1953;152(1):49-50. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690010055012