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November 5, 1960

IN A SINGLE CAPSULE

JAMA. 1960;174(10):1322. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030100090021

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Abstract

It is assumed by an unsuspecting public that maximum health, longevity, and "super-duper" vitality can be stored in a tiny vitamin capsule. An intriguing concept is that this colorful panacea will add tremendously to the drab victuals at mealtime. What would become of us if our growth and sustenance depended merely on green vegetables, meat, bread, and dairy products? Thus, the broadshouldered citizen will turn from a hearty meal to swallow a tiny capsule; the frail, overwrought housewife will take her vitamin formula regularly to overcome the fatigue of many chores. Both will excuse themselves to extract from a pillbox the vitamins to make them feel better and better and better....

Is the well-balanced meal becoming passé? Are we turning away from mother's meat and vegetable stews, her tasty recipes? The pity of it all is that vitamin administration reflects the hazards of self-medication. Witness the vitamin addict who strives

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