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April 1944

Plants and Vitamins.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1944;73(4):364. doi:10.1001/archinte.1944.00210160096012

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This book summarizes the present knowledge of vitamins in plants. The literature up to 1941 is reviewed fairly completely, and problems for future investigation are pointed out. As the author indicates, the volume shows only a stage of progress in research which continues to advance. Much of the material discussed is based on contributions of the author, who pioneered in this field and whose work has stimulated many subsequent investigations.

The book contains twenty-four chapters and is divided into three parts. Part I deals with the synthesis of vitamins in plants, auxoautotropic plants and research methods. In part II vitamins are discussed in relation to plants unable to synthesize them and considerable emphasis is given to growth factors of micro-organisms. Part III is concerned with general problems involving vitamins.

This book will be of interest primarily to animal and plant physiologists and to a lesser extent to others engaged in

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