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September 7, 1940

Vitamin D: Chemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology, Pathology, Experimental and Clinical Investigations

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By C. I. Reed, A.M., Ph.D., Associate Professor in Physiology, H. C. Struck, M.S., Ph.D., Associate in Physiology, and I. E. Steck, M.S., M.D., Instructor in Physiology and in Medicine, Department of Physiology and Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago. Cloth. Price, $4.50. Pp. 389, with 13 illustrations. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1939.

JAMA. 1940;115(10):881-882. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810360069033

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Abstract

The authors of this book are among the chief proponents of the use of massive doses of vitamin D in the treatment of arthritis, "pollinosis" and a variety of clinical conditions other than rickets. Therefore it is not surprising to find that this is not the conventional review of vitamin D which its title suggests but, on the contrary, is essentially a defense of the empirical use of vitamin D as a pharmacologic agent. The earlier chapters of the book are devoted to a brief review of the chemistry of vitamin D, the relative potency of various forms of the vitamin (including the several forms of vitamin D milk), a description of biologic and chemical methods for determining vitamin D, and a discussion of the physiologic effects of the vitamin, including its possible mode of action in the prevention or healing of rickets. Throughout the review much space is given

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