Monday, May 19, 2014

Red Madness by Gail Jarrow


It's 1902 and many Americans living in the South are coming down with a very strange disease. Scientists named this strange sickness Pellagra. Victims came down with a strange rash on their face, hands, and neck. Thousands of people, including young children died - but why?

There were many theories. At first doctors blamed the diet in the South and blamed it on moldy corn. Other people thought it was passed from person to person.

Pellagra was known as the 4 D disease: dermatitis, diarrhea, dementia, death

If you like mysteries and are at all interested in the medical field, you will thoroughly enjoy reading this book. I couldn't help but make guesses as to the cause as I read.

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