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May 16, 1942

What Are the Vitamins?

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By Walter H. Eddy, Ph.D., Professor of Physiological Chemistry, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. Cloth. Price, $2.50. Pp. 247, with illustrations. New York: Reinhold Publishing Corporation, 1941.

JAMA. 1942;119(3):306. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830200074030

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To a large extent investigators have not been kind to their readers. In a rapidly developing field particularly it is often impossible for a practitioner to obtain the information he wants without the sacrifice of an inordinate amount of time and energy. For the persons who desire to acquire a working knowledge of the vitamins, the present book will be useful. There are brief summaries of each of the important vitamins and there are selected references in the bibliography of each chapter. The value of the book is enhanced by the inclusion of a table of the vitamin values of foods and by a list of different vitamin units and their equivalence. There also is a list of vitamins that have been chemically identified and those which have been characterized on the basis of physiologic evidence but which have not yet been isolated or identified chemically. The author has succeeded

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