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January 10, 1903

Beri-Beri in Louisiana.

JAMA. 1903;XL(2):111. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490020043012

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Abbeville, La., Dec. 22, 1902.

To the Editor:  —The history of this disease dates back many years, occurring principally in the Orient, along the coast of China and Africa. I have been unable to get much information on the subject. A short article appeared in The Journal, if I remember correctly, concerning it some time ago. In no work on practice or in any medical literature am I able to find a record of a single case occurring in Louisiana. Still, that this disease exists here has been proven beyond a question of reasonable doubt in my mind as well as in the minds of several physicians of prominence in southwest Louisiana. We have had many cases in our practice during the last five years.As to its causes there seems to be little known. Some writers claim that beri-beri is due to a parasite, others to certain miasmatic germs

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