February 6, 1954

Nutritional Studies in Adolescent Girls and Their Relation to Tuberculosis

JAMA. 1954;154(6):542. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940400080036

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This book is a compilation of research findings over a long period of time concerning the storage of nitrogen and its effect on the course of tuberculosis in adolescent girls. The author points out that negative balances or inadequate retention are frequently associated with failure to heal but that this cannot always be established. An extensive comparison of roentgenographic findings and of the nitrogen balance is recorded. The author calls attention to the many variables that must be considered, such as massiveness and repetition of infection, which cannot be accurately measured. Although not a large book, it represents a tremendous amount of work, including a discussion of the amounts of calcium and vitamin D necessary for normal storage in adolescent girls. The author concludes that the best way to prevent endogenous reinfection in tuberculin reactors is the insurance of normal retentions of nitrogen and calcium. This involves an adequate intake

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