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April 24, 1943

The Vitamins in Medicine

JAMA. 1943;121(17):1418. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840170102027

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This book is intended as a comprehensive survey of the vitamins with emphasis on the clinical aspect of the subject. The contents include chapters on vitamin A, vitamin B complex and its known factors, and vitamins C, D, E, F, K and P. Each vitamin is considered from the point of view of history, physiology, sources and food tables, effects of cooking, storage, human requirements in health and disease, clinical and biochemical methods of detecting deficiencies and conditions in which it has been used clinically.

Unfortunately, in an attempt to make the compilation complete these authors have included references to reports that are in need of considerable supporting evidence. In certain sections emphasis seems to be placed on a summary of experimental work rather than proved clinical facts as the title of the book suggests. Some readers will accept such references as an invitation for vitamin therapy in instances in

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