Medicine: Powdered Stomach

The chief cause of pellagra is lack of nicotinic acid; the symptoms are bad skin, large sores, graying, falling hair, mental trouble and an enlarged, fatty liver. A good medicine for it is powdered hog's stomach. But doctors also use yeast, liver and a good diet. The theory has been that pellagra has a mixture of causes (monotonous diet, lack of fresh food, etc.) and thus requires a mixture of treatments.

But Drs. Theodore and Joseph Gillman of Johannesburg, South Africa, now think that powdered stomach alone may be best. They reached this conclusion after experiments on 23 "non-European" children....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!