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March 1, 2006

Vitamin D Deficiency

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2006;295(9):1002. doi:10.1001/jama.295.9.1002

To the Editor: Dr Robinson1 wrote a commentary on an abstract from Archives of Dermatology, which discussed sun exposure patterns, sunscreen use, and vitamin D. The Commentary provided insight into behavioral patterns and concern for the increasing incidence of skin cancer, but did not convey the scope of vitamin D deficiency in developed countries, the widespread lack of fundamental knowledge about this problem in the health care community, or the need for substantially more investigation about this basic human need.