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February 10, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(6):512. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810060058021

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To the Editor:—  The publication in The Journal, Dec. 9, 1939, by the Council on Foods of Dr. Cowgill's article on The Need for the Addition of Vitamin B1 to Staple American Foods marks an important step in this field and deserves the attention of American physicians. While evidence of deficiency of this factor in the diets of the Western nations has been accumulating during the past ten years, a quite properly conservative attitude toward these claims has been maintained by the Council. In publishing this article the Council has evidently decided that the facts are now so well established as to warrant their presentation as authoritative, and that they are of such importance that the medical profession and the public should be made aware of them.Chief among these facts are the following:

  1. Changes in milling practice and in the consumption of cereal products during the past

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