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Red Madness : How A Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat

by Gail Jarrow


One hundred years ago, a mysterious and alarming illness spread across America's South, striking tens of thousands of victims. No one knew what caused it or how to treat it. People were left weak, disfigured, insane, and in some cases, dead. This book is perfect to share with young readers looking for a historical perspective of the Covid-19/Coronavirus pandemic that is gripping the world today. Award-winning science and history writer Gail Jarrow tracks this disease, commonly known as pellagra, and highlights how doctors, scientists, and public health officials finally defeated it. Illustrated with 100 archival photographs, Red Madness includes stories about real-life pellagra victims and accounts of scientific investigations. It concludes with a glossary, timeline, further resources, author's note, bibliography, and index. A National Science Teachers Association, Best STEM Book

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Copyright year 2009
ISBN-13 9781590787328
ISBN-10 1590787323
Class Copyright
Publisher Highlights Press, c/o Highlights for Children, Inc.
Subject Juvenile Nonfiction
File Size 89 MB
Number of Pages 192
Length of Recording 6
Language ENG
Shelf No. ND957
Grade Range 5-9
Ages 10-14
Lexile 990L