August 21, 1954

The Vitamins: Chemistry, Physiology, Pathology. Volume I.

JAMA. 1954;155(17):1544. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690350086042

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This book, the first of a three volume series, presents a documented review by 21 contributors who have summarized the important current knowledge concerning the chemistry and physiology of vitamin A and carotenes, ascorbic acid, vitamin B12, and biotin. While emphasis is placed on chemistry and physiology, including such aspects as biochemistry, industrial production, estimation, standardization, and occurrence, summaries dealing with the effects of deficiency, pathology, pharmacology, and animal and human requirements also are included. Clinical manifestations of vitamin deficiencies or their treatment are not presented in detail. References to all citations in the text are footnoted throughout. Both author and subject indexes are included at the end. The binding, paper, and printing are excellent. Some sections could have been condensed to advantage. This book will be useful chiefly as a reference to basic scientific information on the four classes of vitamins covered. It is not recommended for practicing

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