June 1947

The Vitamins in Medicine.

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By Franklin Bicknell, D.M., M.R.C.P., and Frederick Prescott, M.Sc., Ph.D., A.R.I.C., M.R.C.S. Second edition. Price, $12. Pp. 916, with 208 illustrations. New York: Grune & Stratton, Inc., 1946.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1947;79(6):686. doi:10.1001/archinte.1947.00220120116012

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This book provides a vade mecum for the physician who ought to have at hand a ready reference to the more important literature on vitamins. It is as complete a review of the subject as is feasible for this intended usefulness. Apparently nothing of much significance was omitted that was available to the authors up to the date of the completion of their task—June 1945. The first edition, which was published in 1942, has been altered rather extensively. The chapters on the vitamins of the vitamin B complex have been largely rewritten. A chapter on the "essential" unsaturated fatty acids has been added, and other material has been amplified or amended.

The rate of accumulation of information on vitamins and the fact that this information is scattered through the journals of more than a dozen special fields make it difficult for even the specialist in nutrition to keep abreast. The

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