Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 668
- Sep 23, 2020 7:00 pm
- 52:46 mins
Dr. Joseph Goldberger and the Fight Against Pellagra Guest: Alan M. Kraut, Professor of History at American University, and author of “Goldberger's War, the Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader” Contrary to the popular medical opinion of the time, Dr. Joseph Goldberger discovered that pellagra, a rampant epidemic in the South, was not infectious but diet-related. But the truth was hard to bear for the Southern establishment, and Dr. Goldberger had to resort to throwing "filth parties" where he and his colleagues ingested the disease to make their point. Find out how his discoveries still affect the food you eat today. How a Hungarian Physician Saved Women from Childbed Fever and Became the ‘Savior of Mothers’ Guest: Anthony Valerio, editor, teacher, and author of “Semmelweis” Washing your hands isn’t just the best way to prevent COVID-19 in 2020—it was also the rallying cry of Ignaz Semmelweis, a young Hungarian doctor trying to end the scourge of childbed fever and lower maternal mortality rates in the 1840s, well before germ theory entered scientific thought.