The southern United States was hit by a dramatic epidemic of a mysterious disease called pellagra in the early twentieth century. This episode discusses the cultural and scientific sources of the outbreak — from the cotton fields of the south, to the cow pastures of rural Germany, to the river basins of Uganda — and the incredible lengths a young doctor named Joseph Goldberger went through to try and put an end to this plague. Plus, a new #AdamAnswers about the source of the name “internal medicine.” All this and more on episode 36 of Bedside Rounds, a tiny podcast about fascinating stories in clinical medicine!
Cornbred, Peas, and Black Molasses, and performed by Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee:
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