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August 5, 1911

Are Jews Immune to Pellagra?

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Atlanta, Ga.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(6):496. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260080060023

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To the Editor:  —It is well known that the Jews show a marked racial tendency to disease of the skin. Possibly for this reason, in twenty years of dermatologic practice, though not of that race, I find that a large proportion of my patients have been Jews. In the last few years, in hospital, clinical and private work, I have seen a large number of cases of pellagra, but no single instance of the disease in Hebrews. Casual inquiry among my colleagues has shown that my experience is not unique. Is there a racial immunity to pellagra in Jews? In seeking a wider field of inquiry, I shall be obliged to readers of The Journal for information bearing on this point. If the observation is correct, it would aid somewhat in a negative fashion in the solution of this difficult etiologic problem. The Jews are not eaters of corn-bread, do

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