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February 1946

What To Do About Vitamins.

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By Roger J. Williams. Price, $1.00. Pp. 56, with 34 illustrations. Norman, Okla.: University of Oklahoma Press, 1945.

Am J Dis Child. 1946;71(2):200-201. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1946.02020250090014

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This is one of the most concise, lucid and authoritative little guides on vitamins and minerals written for the layman. The author combines a wholesome amount of common sense with scientific fact in presenting this important subject to his readers. In his introduction he gives a simple but adequate fundamental discussion of the physiology of nutrition and of the qualities of the important foods in providing a well balanced diet. He lists the necessary vitamins and minerals and briefly discusses how they may be obtained from natural foods, the particular ones that need to be watched and how losses in cooking may be avoided. The discussion of the results of improper eating, food fads, food allergies and fasting is dignified and well documented with sound evidence. The outstanding practical feature of this book is the chapters on the quantitative assessment of various foods and diets. Convenient and simple graphs, charts

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