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puh la gruh

  • n  a disease caused by deficiency of niacin or tryptophan (or by a defect in the metabolic conversion of tryptophan to niacin); characterized by gastrointestinal disturbances and erythema and nervous or mental disorders; may be caused by malnutrition or alcoholism or other nutritional impairments

  • Since 1906 pellagra has been a horror to the South.
  • Their occupational diseases are rickets, pellagra, dysentery, typhoid, pneumonia, starvation, sullen hatred exploding periodically in bloody strikes.
  • From half-fed, unheated Madrid came word that 40,000 inhabitants of that city of siege were suffering from pellagra, caused by malnutrition, which results in mouth and skin .
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  • Consider supplements according to need
    Rickets, scurvy, pellagra, beriberi. These diseases caused by vitamin deficiencies are exceedingly rare in the United States.
    July 31, 2013 - Boulder Daily Camera
  • Other days
    100 YEARS AGO July 28, 1913 WASHINGTON — Pellagra, for which physicians have found no cure, is spreading beyond the zone to which it previously has been confined and is invading new territory, according to officials of the United States Public Health Service, who base their belief upon statistics upon the prevalence of the disease in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas from 1907 to 1912, which were ...
    July 28, 2013 - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • John Steinbeck in Wellington Advertiser
    In 1939, John Steinbeck wrote about those years in his novel, The Grapes of Wrath: "The fields were fruitful. And starving men moved on the roads. The granaries were full and the children of the poor grew up rachitic, and the pustules of pellagra...

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