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November 18, 1911

PELLAGRA TREATED WITH SALVARSAN: REPORT OF NINETEEN CASES

Author Affiliations

CHARLOTTE, N. C.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(21):1687-1688. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260110187014
Abstract

Since January, 1911, nineteen cases of pellagra have been referred to us. Some of these patients have been treated by us individually; the others we have treated together. For the purpose of this report, we have combined all of these cases.

Case 1.  —January 14, one of us (Crowell) treated his first pellagra patient with salvarsan, giving 0.6 gm. This treatment was given on account of the beneficial effects of arsenic, especially in the form of atoxyl, in the treatment of pellagra, also owing to the analogy between pellagra and the diseases produced by the spirilla. The first manifestation of the disease in this case occurred six months previously. When the patient was first seen, in January, 11)11, the symptoms included a marked dermatitis of the hands, forearms and face, the characteristic beefy-red tongue, marked gastro-intestinal symptoms, the diarrhea being very profuse and troublesome. In a few days after the

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