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August 24, 1912

Pellagra in Barbados

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Barbados, West Indies.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(8):668. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080350025

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To the Editor:  —This island ought to afford scientists a good field in which to "run to earth" the real cause of pellagra, since the disease has been observed here only during the past twenty years. As a physician of over thirty years' practice, I am sure of my statement. The island is only 100 square miles in extent, a fact which would likewise aid in tracing the origin of the disease. To zeists the contention that pellagra cannot be due to any known fungus in growing corn will be established by the fact that the disease was unknown on the island until twenty years ago, although corn had been grown here for many years previously. A significant fact worthy of notice by zeists is this: Previous to twenty years ago, corn-meal was imported from the United States in oak barrels and the meal was thereby rendered impervious to rain

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