Monday, November 17, 2014

Medical Mystery!

100 years ago, a mysterious disease called pellagra spread across the American South - 
"one of the most horrible, pitiful afflictions mankind has ever suffered."  

100 years ago, there were no rules about who could be tested or how the tests should be done.  Today, researchers must have informed consent from anyone who agrees to participate in a medical study.

No one knew what caused pellagra or how to treat it.  Millions of men, women, and children were left weak, disfigured, insane and, in some cases, dead.  

A fascinating non-fiction selection that tracks this devastating disease, including photo and actual cases.  Read about the "detectives" as they tackle this challenging and baffling medical mystery, and how human and animal experimentation using food helped make pellagra and other diseases "curable."

CALL #  YA 616.393 JAR

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