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More African American patients died of respiratory illness like tuberculosis, which suggest overcrowding, and nutritional disease like pellagra, a vitamin B deficiency.
Early in his career, Dr. Kummerow helped develop a cure for pellagra, a chronic disease that killed more than 100,000 Americans between 1900 and 1940, primarily in the South.
Another study looked at the possibility of pellagra, a vitamin B deficiency that leads to dementia, in the patients.
A blond girl with a pellagra face stood sullenly behind the cash register, and a couple of men sat in a booth.
In humans, such a deficiency causes the disease known as pellagra, which was a problem in the American South in the early 20th century due to crop failures and poor nutrition.
But Sir James Watt, the famous naval surgeon, suggested that, in fact, Cook was suffering from pellagra.
In preserved food there are no vitamins, so a variety of nutritional diseases would be likely: lack of vitamin B1 would cause beriberi; no vitamin B3 would cause pellagra; and vitamin C, of course, scurvy.
Beriberi and pellagra also both caused mental instability and personality changes.
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First Known Use: circa 1811See Words from the same year
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