Book Reviews
November 1937

The Avitaminoses.

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By Walter H. Eddy, Ph.D., and Gilbert Dalldorf, M.D. Pp. 338, with 29 illustrations. Price, $4.50. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins Company, 1937.

Am J Dis Child. 1937;54(5):1199. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1937.01980050231018

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Dr. Eddy and Dr. Dalldorf have done an excellent piece of work in this presentation of present day knowledge of the vitamins. Each vitamin, except the little known ones in the vitamin B complex, is considered separately, and its chemistry, the clinical and the pathologic manifestations, both gross and microscopic, associated with its lack, the dosage and the methods of biologic assay are discussed.

The chapter on the relation of vitamins to infection is particularly sane, in view of the claims expressed in much of the literature. A summary of the point of view expressed is found in the following sentence: "We must search for vitamin defense mechanisms against infection in physiological effects on tissue cells whereby they are able to perform their normal activity, on their effect on the proper absorption and utilization of ingested foodstuffs and on their use to build certain neutralizing substances of a nature quite

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