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October 28, 1939

Die Grundlagen unserer Ernährung und unseres Stoffwechsels

JAMA. 1939;113(18):1665. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800430057032

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This is an interesting account of the relation between plant and animal nutrition, the nature of the inorganic and organic nutrients, the chemical changes which occur in the intermediary metabolism of individual nutrients, the deficiency diseases, the nutritional significance of the milling of cereals, and the energy requirements of man for work. The author's well known facility as a writer insures an entertaining style. The brevity of the volume necessitated a superficial treatment of the great number of facts mentioned. There is no bibliography. Although the preface is dated January 1939, the book gives the impression that it was written at least two years ago and also that the author is not familiar with recent American researches in nutrition. For example, manganese is mentioned as occurring in the body and nothing is said of its physiologic role, which represents the major discovery of practical importance in poultry production in recent

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