Goldberger, Joseph, 1874-1929

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Joseph Goldberger was a physician, medical researcher, and epidemiologist with the United States Public Health Service, 1899-1929.

From the description of Joseph Goldberger papers, 1891-1949 [manuscript]. (Oceanside Free Library). WorldCat record id: 23907223

Joseph Goldberger was born in Hungary but immigrated to New York as a child. He was educated there and later practiced medicine in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., before joining the United States Public Health Service in 1899. During his time with the Public Health Service, Goldberger studied various diseases and discovered the cause of and cure for pellagra.

From the guide to the Joseph Goldberger Papers, 1891-1949, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

Joseph Goldberger earned his medical degree at New York City's Bellevue College in 1895. Wanting to play a more dynamic role in medicine, he left his private practice and joined the U.S. Marine Hospital Service as an Assistant Surgeon in 1899. He spent the next fifteen years in the field working to eradicate epidemics of yellow fever, typhoid fever, dengue fever, and typhus in the United States and Central America. In 1914 the Surgeon General selected Goldberger to determine the cause of pellagra. His research successfully demonstrated that the condition was dietary in origin and largely the result of vitamin B deficiency. Controversy followed his conclusions. Much of the medical community was unwilling to concede that pellagra was not a germ-based disease. The means for pellagra's eradication, an improved diet for poor southern farmers, implied a need for social improvement, a theory that many resisted.

From the guide to the Joseph Goldberger Papers, 1909-1940, (History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine)

Joseph Goldberger earned his medical degree at New York City's Bellevue College in 1895. Wanting to play a more dynamic role in medicine, he left his private practice and joined the U.S. Marine Hospital Service as an Assistant Surgeon in 1899. He spent the next fifteen years in the field working to eradicate epidemics of yellow fever, typhoid fever, dengue fever, and typhus in the United States and Central America. In 1914 the Surgeon General selected Goldberger to determine the cause of pellagra, focusing on South Carolina as his research base. His research successfully demonstrated that the condition was dietary in origin and largely the result of vitamin B deficiency. Controversy followed his conclusions. Much of the medical community was unwilling to concede that pellagra was not a germ-based disease. The means for pellagra's eradication, an improved diet for poor southern farmers, implied a need for social improvement, a theory that many resisted.

From the description of Joseph Goldberger papers, 1909-1940. (National Library of Medicine). WorldCat record id: 14318676

Physician and medical researcher.

Goldberger was an alumnus of City College, Class of 1893.

From the description of Papers, [ca. 1929-1935] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155502766

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creatorOf Goldberger, Joseph, 1874-1929. Joseph Goldberger papers, 1891-1949 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn William B. Provine collection of evolutionary biology reprints, 20th century. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Goldberger, Joseph, 1874-1929. Joseph Goldberger papers, 1909-1940. National Library of Medicine
creatorOf Joseph Goldberger Papers, 1891-1949 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn De Kruif, Paul, 1890-1971. A man against the hidden hunger : typescript, [1916?] / by Paul de Kruif. Princeton University Library
referencedIn New York University. School of Medicine. Individuals, doctors, surgeons : Joseph Goldberger papers, 1951-1954. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Goldberger, Joseph, 1874-1929. Papers, [ca. 1929-1935] Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf [Joseph Goldberger, biographical materials] University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
creatorOf Joseph Goldberger Papers, 1909-1940 History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine
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Southern States
South Carolina
West Indies
United States
Mexico
South Carolina
United States
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Public health
Typhus fever--Research--History--20th century
Pellagra
Dengue--Research--History--20th century
Disease
Epidemiology--Research--History--20th century
Communicable diseases--History--19th century
Physicians--History--20th century
Pellagra--Treatment
Epidemiologists--History--20th century
Research
Pellagra--Research
Pellagra--Research--History--20th century
Yellow fever--Research--History--20th century
Medicine
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Birth 1874-07-16

Death 1929-01-17

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