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December 23, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(26):2061. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740510053020

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Synthetic Vitamins Versus Natural Foods  Dr. H. A. Harris, professor of clinical anatomy at University College and author of "Bone Growth in Health and Disease," has done research and shown that the transverse lines on the long bones, which are usually ascribed to rickets, are due to temporary cessation of growth. He criticizes in the Times the prescribing of synthetic instead of natural foods. He quotes a pioneer of physiologic chemistry, Prout, who in 1831 maintained, in his Goulstonian lecture, that "nature will not permit the chemist to officiate as her journeyman, even in the most trifling degree." Professor Harris thinks that before the community is asked to exchange natural cod liver oil, with its richness in vitamins A and D, for synthetic preparations, much more reliable information must be provided as to the effect of calciferol on the other stigmas presented by the rickety child. Milk, eggs, butter, cheese

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