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October 19, 1918


Author Affiliations

Medical Officer, Health Officer's Department, Staten Island, N. Y. ROSEBANK, N. Y.

JAMA. 1918;71(16):1298-1299. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600420040012

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In the latter part of April, 1918, a four masted schooner arrived in New York harbor from a port in British West Africa. The cargo consisted of logs, rubber and cocoa. Of the original crew of ten men, eight of whom were from Finland, the skipper and the cook being German-Americans, eight remained, and all except the skipper were suffering from beriberi. The trip consumed eighty-five days, during which hardships of all sorts were experienced. The remaining seven of the schooner's crew, victims of the original Oriental disease, were detected at quarantine by the boarding officer and brought to the Hoffman Island State Hospital for isolation and treatment. These patients landed in a somewhat prostrated condition, and one of them died the following day of acute dilatation and hypertrophy of the right ventricle, his case being an acute pernicious dry form of beriberi. In addition to the heart, the liver

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