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Lectures in Military Hospitals
Through the initiative of the general management of the army medical corps, a series of lectures by university professors is being organized in the military hospitals. As the Milan Military Hospital, Prof. Carlo Foa, director of the Physiologic Institute at the University of Milan, delivered a lecture on the "Metabolism of Calcium in Disorders of the Skeleton." The speaker said that calcium is present in every cell of the animal organism and is needed for the life and the functioning of every tissue. The normal source of calcium is the food, but absorption by this route does not take place readily and a large part of the calcium in the food is eliminated with the feces. The calcium-phosphorus quotient in the diet is important. The optimal value is 1:3, as in human milk. The bile, in which calcium is soluble, plays an important part in the
ITALY. JAMA. 1933;101(16):1246-1247. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740410048018