By Daphne A Roe, MD. Price, $11.50. Pp 217, with seven plates, four figures. Cornell University Press, 124 Roberts PI, Ithaca, NY 14850, 1973.
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Dermatologists are familiar with the scientific writings of Daphne A. Roe; therefore, it is with a bit of surprise that this book reveals another of her interests. A Plaque of Corn is fascinating and deals with the devastating, man-made sickness called pellagra.
Those of us in the United States find it surprising that much pellagra remains in endemic areas of Asia and Africa, but as she states, "it will be with us until the dispossessed achieve their right to freedom from want and can choose to eat the food that prevents it."
This small volume should interest primarily the medical sociologist, medical historian, and the politician in whose country pellagra is present.
Kierland RR. A Plaque of Corn: The Social History of Pellagra. Arch Dermatol. 1973;108(6):862. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620270076031