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NIH physician Dr. Joseph Goldberger's discovery of the cause for pellagra, a disease, resulting from a diet deficient in vitamin B, that killed many poor Southerners in the early part of the 20th century.
  Dr. Joseph Goldberger  
   
  Dr. Joseph Goldberger  
     
  Dr. Joseph Goldberger was a product of New York's public school. He entered The City College of New York with hopes of a career in engineering. However, in 1892 Goldberger attended a lecture at Bellevue by physiologist Dr. Austin Flint, Jr. that changed his plans. Perhaps intrigued by the intricacies of the human body's structure, Goldberger transferred to medical school and earned an M.D. from Bellevue in 1895.  
     
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