he discovered that in the south the nurses slept in same beds as patient at the
insane asylums but not a single nurse had contracted pellagra even with direct
skin to skin contact
he speculated int had to do with the diet supplied to the people
he did an experiment where he supplements the food that the deprived children
in Georgia ate with more meat, had eggs, milk.
pallagra started to fade away no new cases reported
conducted similar exp with the prisoners at Mississippi prison farm
no one had pellagra in the beginning
received a Monotonous diet, 3M (meat(not red meat), meal (cornmeal) and
no veges, no milk,80 prinsoners in a control group to see if they developed it
with regular meal plan.
butterfly rash appeared on 5 of the experiment convicts in 6 months.
conducted research and found the lower the income, the greater the incidence
pallagra was tied to economics
despite indirect evidence of pellagra as a dietary-deficiency disease – a”hidden
hunger” – few accepted this notion.
1916, Goldberg did another xperiment to prove the skeptics wrong.
had “filth parties” - injected indv. With the blood of palegra patient, filled
capsules with the scrapings of the rash and feces and urine.
none became ilL, He concluded that his findings were greatly
Preventing and Curing Pellagra
prevented by adding fresh meat, milk, eggs, and vegetables to diet.
contain what he called the p-p –pellagra preventative- factor.
Discovered that rat and dogs would show symptoms – black tounge and
inflammation fo skin- if kept away from p-p factors. Only 60 days on this diet
resulted in pellagra. Yeast both prevented and cured pellaga.
IF IT WAS SPRINKLED DRIED ONTO FOOD, prevented it in the animals.