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Joseph Goldberger: An Unsung Hero of American Clinical Epidemiology

Joann G. Elmore; and Alvan R. Feinstein
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From Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. Requests for Reprints: J.G. Elmore, Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, 333 Cedar Street, P.O. Box 208025, New Haven, CT 06520-8025.

Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1994;121(5):372-375. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-121-5-199409010-00010
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Pellagra, a disease rarely seen in developed countries today, was common during the first half of this century in the United States. The disease was initially believed to be infectious, and severe “pellagraphobia” left many victims and their families ostracized. This paper calls attention to Joseph Goldberger, an American physician whose remarkable research helped correct the erroneous belief in an infectious cause for pellagra and led to the elimination of pellagra epidemics in the United States.


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Joseph Goldberger 1874-1929.[5]

Reproduced from Terris with permission from the Louisiana State University Press.

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