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March 1944

The Role of Nutritional Deficiency in Nervous and Mental Disease.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1944;73(3):267-268. doi:10.1001/archinte.1944.00210150070011

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This excellent book of two hundred pages consists of the proceedings of the December 1941 meeting of the Association for Research in Nervous and Mental Disease. It is a symposium on the role of nutritional deficiency in neuropsychiatric disorders and includes sixteen articles, each of which was contributed by an expert in his particular field of endeavor. The first half of the volume is devoted to papers which summarize contributions from the fundamental sciences; the second, to reports on clinical aspects of the subject. The opening chapters are of general interest, the first containing a brief discussion of outstanding facts gleaned from physiologic investigations of animal nutrition and the second dealing with the relation of enzymes to deficiency disease. Subsequent articles are devoted to the role of vitamins in brain metabolism, general problems of nutritional deficiency, the thiamine content of human tissue, the pathology of deficiencies of the vitamin B

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