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March 20, 1897

A BRIEF HISTORY OF INSANITY AND TUBERCULOSIS IN THE SOUTHERN NEGRO.

Author Affiliations

WOODLAWN, S. C.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(12):537-538. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440120011002c
Abstract

As a further elucidation of the subject of the etiology of tuberculosis and insanity in the southern negro is not without interest to the readers of the Journal, as indicated by the able article of Dr. Powell and the discussion following, which appeared in the Journal of December 5 of the year just past, the following brief history is offered as a record of the rise and progress of these allied diseases in a small portion of Edgefield County, on the extreme western border of South Carolina, and lying immediately between Stevens' Creek on the east and the Savannah River on the west.

Going back to 1848, when these observations began, it may be generally stated that tuberculosis and insanity were unknown and rarely heard of as diseases of the negro, in this section of our State; but, on the other hand, it was an admitted fact that he was

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