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Goldberger's War: The Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7467.690 (Published 16 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:690
  1. Fred Charatan, retired geriatric physician (charatanf@bellsouth.net),
  2. Alan M Kraut
  1. Boynton Beach, Florida

    This is the story of the public health doctor who found that pellagra, the “scourge of the south,” was caused by a flawed diet. Joseph Goldberger was the son of immigrant Orthodox Jewish parents who came to New York in 1883 and settled on the Lower East Side. At first he wanted to become an engineer and enrolled at the free City College, dividing his time between studying and helping at his father's grocery store. A neighbourhood Irish immigrant friend introduced him to the ultimate in engineering marvels—the human body—and young Goldberger became …

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