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April 22, 1944

La novela de las vitaminas

JAMA. 1944;124(17):1229-1230. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850170065028

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In this unusually well bound and illustrated book is presented the story of the discovery and development of the vitamins now recognized as having definite functions in the animal and human body. The romanticism surrounding the early interest in many of the vitamins is woven into their stories, thereby enhancing the appeal of the book for popular reading. The author makes generous use of pictorial sketches to demonstrate a close family relationship of certain vitamins or to depict the selective effects of given vitamins on various organs or systems of the body. In some cases the impression given by these diagrams implies more than the facts warrant. Another attractive feature is the inclusion of halftone portraits of scientists credited with being the pioneers in the various vitamin fields.

The statements throughout the book appear to be based on scientific fact and are so artfully woven into the stories of the

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