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October 3, 1953

Vitamins and Hormones: Advances in Research and Applications. Volume X

JAMA. 1953;153(5):526. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940220070026

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The contents of this volume of a valuable series suggest a reversal of the title to more properly represent the 80% of the textual material devoted to the endocrine system. The editors remark: "This is a reflection of the greater amount of research being conducted at present in the hormone than in the vitamin field." Nevertheless, the sections devoted to vitamins are interesting and commend themselves to the clinician. The review of dietary neuropathies, including beriberi, alcoholic peripheral neuritis, polyneuritis gravidarum, acrodynia, and Wernicke's encephalopathy, develops the point that the earliest signs of thiamine deficiency in some patients may be peripheral nerve damage, in others, disturbances of the cardiovascular system predominate, and, in a small minority, Wernicke's encephalopathy is the initial abnormality. Pediatricians will find the discussion of the problem of absorption and transportation of fat-soluble vitamins particularly interesting because of the low store of these vitamins in the newborn.

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