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January 17, 1903

Was It Beri-beri?

JAMA. 1903;XL(3):183. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490030047015

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New York, Jan. 10, 1903.

To the Editor:  —For the information of Dr. Frank Fenwick Young, whose interesting experiences with "Beri-beri in Louisiana" you have published in The Journal, kindly print the fact that beri-beri has been found on ships reaching this port, all with carbon-producing cargoes (sugar, graphite, burnt Java coffee, etc.), whose crews had as their dietary no rice at all for the entire voyage. Dr. Judson Daland also found such an outbreak of beri-beri, on a sugar ship, too, which reached Philadelphia, whose crew were Lascars; that is, pork eaters.In an interesting investigation which I made many years ago with Col. John Screven of Savannah, Ga., the largest rice grower in the world, we found no beri-beri in those connected with the culture of rice, but plenty of malarial rheumatism (multiple neuritis, perhaps,) in those who did not take proper precautions while cultivating the flooded grounds.

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