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In the U.S. the nutritional deficiency disease, pellagra, which became epidemic in the South, had its beginning and end in Alabama, being first recognized in epidemic proportions by Alabama physician Dr. George H. Searcy in 1906, and ending with Dr. Tom D. Spies' nutritional treatment clinic in Birmingham, which operated from 1937 to 1960. In 1914, Dr. Carl A. Grote, Walker County public health officer, was the first to conduct field work to determine the etiology of the disease in an actual community setting, prior to and independent of Dr. Joseph Goldberger who is rightly credited for discovering the nature of pellagra but who at the writing of Dr. Grote had only studied the disease in controlled environments. This collection chronicles the valiant campaign in Alabama against pellagra.

 

 
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