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SAMBON'S NEW THEORY OF PELLAGRA AND ITS APPLICATION TO CONDITIONS IN GEORGIA

STEWART R. ROBERTS, S.M., M.D.
JAMA. 1911;LVI(23):1713-1715. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560230015007.
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I wish to call attention to a new theory of pellagra, and especially to apply this theory to conditions in Georgia, and to show that the same conditions exist in Georgia to produce the disease that exist in Italy, the chief home of the disease. This theory was formulated by Dr. Louis W. Sambon, lecturer on tropical medicine at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, who was detailed for three months in 1910 in Italy, where he studied pellagra. Dr. Sambon is a research student of recognized ability. In 1903 he formulated the tsetse fly theory of sleeping-sickness, which has proved true. His "Progress Report" on pellagra and the result of his investigations appeared in the London Journal of Tropical Medicine during September, October and November, 1910, and I shall draw freely on these accurate and interesting articles.

First, I wish to define pellagra according to our present knowledge. Pellagra

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