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February 24, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(8):678. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810080050021

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To the Editor:—  I read with keen interest your recent article on pellagra and note that you have given a lot of credit to Goldberger. Have you read the paper by George H. Searcy on "An Epidemic of Acute Pellagra" (Tr. M. A. State of Alabama, 1907, p. 387)? His paper is quite enlightening because of its priority. He discussed the symptoms, diagnosis, pathology, prognosis and treatment. He made the statement that "the essential management consists in placing the patient in good hygienic surroundings and trying to improve the general health by good nourishing food and such tonics as may seem indicated" (p. 390). In the discussion that follows the paper Dr. Searcy states that "it might be well for the profession to look out for these diseases, especially among Negroes, who often times have nothing more to eat than corn bread and a little meat." His remarks concerning the

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