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PELLAGRA Pellagra was a disease that affected hundreds of thousands of residents within the southeastern region of the United States from the time of its first known reports in the early 1900s to the end of World War II in 1945 Dr Joseph Goldberger from New York was given credit for finding the cure for Pellagra Contributing to the Goldbergers cure were the discoveries of doctors and scientists prior to and during the time that Dr Goldberger was working on the cure himself Pellagra was a painful disease that over time slowly killed the people that were afflicted with the disease Pellagra occurring almost exclusively in the poorer classes is easily observed by the discoloration and thickening of the skin usually the hands neck and the feet The lesions on the skin are usually spread evenly symmetrical on both sides of the body Other symptoms of pellagra are reddened tongue and a scalding sensation in the mouth This disease eventually causes weakness nervousness indigestion and in advanced stages diarrhea and various forms of insanity Trail To Light p 288 Pellagra was a disease that had already been dealt with in southern Europe for nearly two hundred years prior to the first reported case in the United States The Butterfly Caste Preface VII Pellagra was first noticed by Spanish peasants and reported by Don Gaspar Casal in 1735 War on Pellagra p1 The disease was often mistaken for leprosy Pellagra meaning rough skin was first termed in 1771 by Francesco Frapolli in Milan American Heritage p74 At first this disease was viewed as a disease of the poor but later it was linked to poverty that was common in southern Europe Dr Harris a physician from Atlanta Georgia first reported pellagra in the United States in March 1902 after examining a Georgia farmer who had been suffering with seasonal outbreaks of the pellagra rash for some fifteen years The Butterfly Caste PP3-4 What Dr Harris
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