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August 13, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(7):582. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740590062031

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To the Editor:  —In the editorial on "Vitamin Deficiencies and Nervous System Lesions," July 9, you quote an article of ours as attributing softenings in the cerebellum of chicks to a lack of vitamin E. Reference to our papers "A Cerebellar Disorder in Chicks, Apparently of Nutritional Origin" (J. Exper. Med.53:11 [Jan.] 1931) and "Nutritional Encephalomalacia in Chicks" (Transactions of the American Society for Experimental Pathology, April, 1931, Arch. Path.12:134 [July] 1931) will show that we have not ascribed these cerebral degenerations to a lack of vitamin E. The statement in the editorial may have been quoted from the article of Zimmerman and Burack (Arch. Path.13:229 [Feb.] 1932). These authors erroneously cite us as attributing these lesions to a lack of vitamin E.Although the exact factor in the production of nutritional encephalomalacia of chicks has not been worked out, we have abundant unpublished