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October 11, 1941


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JAMA. 1941;117(15):1283. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820410061028

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To the Editor:—  I wish to take exception of Dr. Clendening's statements relative to vitamins in The Journal, September 20. As usual the major premise is taken as being correct. He has taken a group of individuals who are factory workers and have an income. However, how about those on relief, who get $4.80 a week with at least $2 going for lodging? For $1.80 you can't get much to eat. This is self evident.In addition I have seen in hospital experience where doctors would not be able to recognize a simple pellagraderm simply because they are not so minded, yet their statements are taken as being conclusive as not having seen such cases of vitamin deficiency. It must be remembered that the human body can stand a lot; vitamin deficiencies take experimentally in man from three to six months at the earliest to manifest themselves, and most often

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