Red Madness

Red Madness

How A Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat

Book - 2014
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One hundred years ago, a mysterious and alarming illness spread across America's South, striking tens of thousands of victims. No one knew what caused it or how to treat it. People were left weak, disfigured, insane, and in some cases, dead. Award winning science and history writer Gail Jarrow tracks this disease, commonly known as pellagra, and highlights how doctors, scientists, and public health officials finally defeated it. Illustrated with 100 archival photographs, Red Madness includes stories about real life pellagra victims and accounts of scientific investigations. It concludes with a glossary, timeline, further resources, author's note, bibliography, and index.
Publisher: Honesdale, Pa. :, Calkins Creek,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781590787328
Branch Call Number: J 616.393 Jarrow 04/2014
Characteristics: 192 pages :,illustrations, portraits ;,26 cm


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Nov 13, 2018

Red Madness is a very interesting book that discusses the deficiency disease known as pellagra. This book was incredibly interesting and helpful for my National History Day project. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in medical history or medical science.

Gabi_Dubh Apr 13, 2016

The fascinating story of the epidemiology of pellagra, a deadly disease. Excellent reading for the curious science student.

A hundred years ago, a mysterious disease called pellagra spread across the South. It left people weak, disfigured, insane, and sometimes dead. No one knew what caused it or how to prevent it. Learn about the scientific detectives who figured out the answers. Illus. with period photos.


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