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February 27, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(9):748. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730350062020

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The Hematopoietic Potency of Carotene  Carotene has been the subject, in France, of important researches; among others, those of Maurice Javillier and of Mlle. Enrique, who have shown that carotene is capable of reestablishing the growth of rats subjected to a diet defective in vitamin A. Nevertheless, it is certain that carotene and vitamin A are different substances that present many distinctly different reactions. But the research of T. Moore and of S. Captain, on rats and pullets, has established that carotene ingested by these animals is transformed in their liver into vitamin A, of which a reserve supply is accumulated. Prof. Léon Binet and Mr. V. Strumza have recently discovered an interesting property of carotene that (although their experiments thus far have been exclusively on laboratory animals) appears to indicate that this substance performs an important rôle in therapeutics. It exerts a remarkable influence on hematopoiesis. Several lots of