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April 17, 1943

The Biological Action of the Vitamins

JAMA. 1943;121(16):1313-1314. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840160063029

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Under present conditions it probably will be a long time before such another symposium is held as the one on respiratory enzymes at the University of Wisconsin, and its sequel on the biologic action of the vitamins at the University of Chicago late in 1942. The present volume is a companion piece to the volume on respiratory enzymes published under the editorship of Prof. Perry Wilson of the University of Wisconsin. It consists of fourteen essays on the vitamins, each one being an important presentation by a distinguished investigator. The general tone of the papers is brought out in the initial paper on "The Biological Action of the Vitamins" by C. A. Elvehjem, in which he has called attention to the change in direction of research on the vitamins. Whereas much of the earlier work on vitamins involved a study of growth in animals, the present direction is toward a

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