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June 17, 1944

The Vitamins: A General Survey for the Practising Pharmacist

JAMA. 1944;125(7):525. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850250065035

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This edition brings up to date the brief but quite inclusive discussion of the better known vitamins which comprises the book. The British terminology is found to differ from the American only in the use of the term aneurine for thiamine. A rapid survey is made of the units of vitamin measurements, principal sources and chemical characteristics. Although the booklet is prepared for the information of the pharmacist, appropriate acknowledgment of the contribution of vitamins from foods is made by inclusion of short tables showing vitamin content as well as discussion of chief food sources of various vitamins. The estimated vitamin requirements of man are touched on and conflicting opinions quoted. In several instances the British estimates differ from those of the National Research Council. Consideration is given to the physiologic action of the vitamins, both beneficial and possible deleterious. This includes the effects noted in animals as well as

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