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Probable Cause of Jamaica Ginger Paralysis.

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(United States Public Health Service. , August20 , 1930..)

Ann Intern Med. 1930;4(4):409. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-4-4-409
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A peculiar form of paralysis, perhaps unlike anything ever known before, has recently afflicted a relatively large proportion of the population throughout some of the Midwestern and Southwestern States. Definite figures on the extent of the disease are not available, but it is certain that the numbers run into the thousands. At the request of the State Health authorities of several States, the United States Public Health Service undertook studies of this condition. The investigations made in some of the stricken areas in Ohio and Tennessee seem to confirm the widespread rumor that the disease is closely associated with the



jamaica ; paralysis ; ginger

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