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Because pellagra is a new disease in this section of the country, because the number of its victims is increasing rapidly, and because the treatment has been so varied with so small a percentage of success, I am making a report of four cases. So far as I can gather from journals, or any publication on this disease, the profession has not decided what the cause of pellagra is; almost every one suggests a different cause. As we all like to know the cause of any trouble before we begin our treatment, it seems to me that our greatest work is to find out the cause of this disease, but while we are doing this we must not sit still and do nothing for the patient.
—Mrs. S., aged 23, white, whose husband was murdered in December, 1909, had two children, one born November, 1905, the other,
ELROD JO. A REPORT ON THE USE OF CACODYLATE OF SODIUM IN FOUR CASES OF PELLAGRA. JAMA. 1911;LVII(9):719–720. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260080283007
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