Asylum doctor : James Woods Babcock and the red plague of pellagra / Charles S. Bryan.

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Dr. James Woods Babcock, superintendent of the South Carolina State Hospital for the Insane from 1891 to 1914, led the American response to pellagra, producing the first English-language treatise on the disease and organizing the meetings of the National Association for the Study of Pellagra.


Columbia, S.C. : University Of South Carolina Press, [2014]

Physical description

xxvii, 402 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


Jimmie -- Superintendent -- Founder of the movement -- How bad it was -- Sambon's obsession -- So near, so far -- A plain farmer's daughter -- The blind men of Hindustan -- Perspective: asylum doctor -- Appendix I. Mortality and full recoveries (as percentages of patients treated) by race, South Carolina State Hospital for the Insane, 1891-1914 -- Appendix 2. Parallels in the histories of beriberi and pellagra -- Appendix 3. A chronology of pellagra and niacin -- Appendix 4. Summary of the four major pellagra conferences held at the South Carolina State Hospital for the Insane, 1908-1915.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-398) and index.


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