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Waring Library presents Warren A. Sawyer Lecture on Nov. 13

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The Waring Historical Library at MUSC announces its annual Warren A. Sawyer Lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13 in the Basic Sciences Building Auditorium, Room 100.

A reception will follow at the Wickliffe House. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Charles S. Bryan will present his talk, “James Woods Babcock and Pellagra: Solving South Carolina’s Greatest Medical Mystery.” Bryan’s talk is based on his recent book, “Asylum Doctor: James Woods Babcock and the Red Plague of Pellagra.” The book was published in 2014 by University of South Carolina Press, with support from the Waring Library Society.
Asylum Doctor is a biography of Dr. James Woods Babcock (1856-1922), the superintendent of the S.C. State Hospital for the Insane from 1891 to 1914, during which time he led the American response to a mysterious and deadly scourge: pellagra. Babcock first sounded the alarm, brought out the first English–language treatise on pellagra and organized the National Association for the Study of Pellagra.

Bryan is the Heyward Gibbes Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine Emeritus at the University of South Carolina. His publications deal mainly with infectious diseases, medical history and biography.

For information, contact the Waring Library, 792-2288 or

November 6, 2014



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