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February 19, 1938


JAMA. 1938;110(8):577-579. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.62790080005010

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INTRODUCTION  The achievements in the science of nutrition which have developed in recent years are among the most significant of all that have been made in modern medical science. The original five letter alphabet for the vitamins has been greatly extended and even the original letters have begun to be subdivided. Vitamin B, instead of being just one or two vitamins, may actually include eight or more different specific principles.Throughout the world the tendencies of research in vitamins incline largely to efforts which contemplate the isolation of vitamins in pure form and the synthesis of vitamins when possible. At this writing at least nine compounds having the properties of vitamins have been isolated and at least four have been synthesized.In a previous survey of progress in this field it was found necessary to warn the public and the medical profession against the commercial exploitation of individual vitamin preparations

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