Public Health Reports Volume 33, PT. 1

Public Health Reports Volume 33, PT. 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ... South Carolina. In that year, probably a11 average one so far as pellagra is concerned, this disease was charged with having caused 677 deaths in Alabama, 840 in Mississippi, 467 in North Carolina, 627 in South Carolina, 607 in Tennessee, and 452 in Texas, or an aggregate of some 3,700 deaths for these six States alone. As the fatality rate, countin;_' all types of cases, was probably not in excess of 5 per cent, it can readil be Seen that not only is this disease among the most important as a cause of death, but it probably ranks with the first in importance as a cause of sickness and lowered physical efliciency of the people in the area afl'ected. In the six States named there probably occurred some 7 0,000 definite cases of pellagra. As it is quite safe to assume that there were in the remaining 7 of the 13 States south of the Potomac and Ohio Rivers--the section most seriously afi'ected--at least half as many more, there probably occurred in this region in 1916 upward of 100,000 cases. The incomplete figures at hand 1ndi cate a considerable increase of the disease in 1017. It seems safe to assume that this increase averaged about 25 P91' cents''"t 5" that' 1" may be estimated that in 1917, in the part of the country mentioned, fully 125,000 people were attacked. In other parts of the country the disease is very much less common. The explanation for this has not been fully worked out. It depends in part, at least, on a diiference in dietary habit. The people of the South are known to eat much less of the animal foods, Such as milk and lean meat, than do the people in other sections. This, in its turn, is due in part to the fact that, by comparison, much less of the animal foods is raiseshow more

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