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A black and white photo of a man with darkened hands and face

Pellagra in Alabama

First recognized in epidemic proportions by Alabama physician Dr. George H. Searcy in 1906, the nutritional deficiency disease Pellagra, known as the “red death” in the South in the early 1900s, had its beginning and end in Alabama.

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