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January 14, 1983

Vitamins in Medicine

Author Affiliations

Bronx (NY) Veterans Administration Medical Center State University of New York Downstate Medical Center Brooklyn

JAMA. 1983;249(2):281. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330260087045

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This fourth edition of a book first published in 1942 consists of chapters on vitamin C, pantothenic acid, vitamin K, thiamin, essential fatty acids, the bioflavanoids, vitamin A, and the effects of food processing on the vitamins.

The vitamin C chapter, by Bender, contains no references beyond 1977. Its 230 references are well selected and critically evaluated. The chapter on pantothenic acid by Donna M. Jeffery has no references after 1971, and is dated by that fact. The chapter on vitamin K, by Henrik Dam, Ebde Søndegaard, and Robert E. Olson, is a good review up to 1978, but there has been a fair amount of new information since then. The thiamin chapter by Hugh Sinclair covers the field until 1976; here too there have been substantial developments since then.

The chapter on essential fatty acids by Hugh Sinclair includes references up to 1980. An enormous amount of new work