JAMES S. MCLESTER, F.A.C.P.
In the first few years of the present century there suddenly appeared in the Alabama Insane Hospital a new disease of unknown nature, the salient characteristics of which were a violent dermatitis of the exposed parts, sore mouth, profuse diarrhea, grave nervous disturbances, and high mortality. The disorder was recognized finally by Searcy, a member of the resident staff, as identical with the pellagra described in the European literature. The rapid spread throughout the Southeastern states of this new and highly fatal disease excited general interest, and concerted efforts were made to determine its cause. Notable among these, but almost
MCLESTER JS. THE NATURE OF PELLAGRA: A CRITIQUE(THE NATURE OF PELLAGRA: A CRITIQUE*). Ann Intern Med. 1934;8:475–482. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-8-4-475
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