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September 10, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(11):885-886. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690110049021

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One cannot read recent professional contributions to medical literature or follow the best practices of physicians in any field without becoming impressed with the interdependence of the various disciplines and underlying sciences involved. A recent issue of The Journal (July 30) serves to illustrate what may be termed breadth, in contrast with the depth, of interest that is expected to engage the attention of the devotee of modern medicine. Thus, the study of rickets (p. 337) nowadays carries the investigator beyond the field of morphologic and chemical pathology into the domains of physics and organic chemistry. The implications of sunshine as an agent in physical therapy and the genesis of ultraviolet rays need to be appreciated in sufficient detail to render their application in therapy both intelligible and effective. The establishment of the antirachitic action of various irradiated foods and chemical substances not only in the laboratory but also soon

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