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July 18, 1925


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Atlanta, Ga.

JAMA. 1925;85(3):212-214. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670030054030

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To the Editor:  —In an abstract with this title (The Journal, June 20, p. 1947), you emphasize Goldberger's work. It is indeed difficult to understand why you should regard Goldberger's efforts to evade the vitamin theory as to the causation of pellagra advanced by Funk as worthy of comment, and ignore efforts to substantiate Funk's theories.At first, Goldberger advanced the theory that the absence of amino-acids in diet was the causative factor. Since the publication of my article in the Medical Record, he has stated that the factor is one which he designates as P-P, which is derived from brewers' yeast and administered in tomato juice or milk. You are, of course, aware of the fact that brewers' yeast, milk and tomato juice furnish one of thre greatest sources for vitamin B.It is particularly significant that the protein diet heretofore recommended by Goldberger had to be abandoned

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