This paper is based on fifty-one cases of pellagra occurring among the colored female insane patients at the Georgia State Sanitarium previous to Jan. 1, 1909.
The first case noted occurred in January, 1906, but was not recognized. It would appear that cases had been seen at this institution previous to that time, but it was not until the articles of Drs. Searcy and Babcock appeared that the nature of the malady was understood.
During the year 1908, 629 insane colored women were treated, of whom 40, or 6.3 per cent., suffered from pellagra. Of 176 patients admitted during the year, 9, or 5.1 per cent., showed symptoms of the disease when admitted.
The inroads of this disease makes it one of the most important with which we have to deal. During the past year, pellagra, as the cause of