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July 1938

Die Vitamine und ihre klinische Anwendung.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1938;62(1):179-180. doi:10.1001/archinte.1938.00180120187010

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This is the second edition of an excellent short book on the perplexing subject of the vitamins. Of the first edition, which appeared early in 1936, The Journal of the American Medical Association (107:1158 [Oct. 3] 1936) said, "This monograph affords an extraordinary amount of information in brief compass." This sentence well characterizes the second edition. Part of the charm of the monograph lies in its simplicity; complicated terms or descriptions are not used, and any one with the least interest in the subject can easily follow the authors' ideas. The historical account of how general knowledge regarding the vitamins has grown is excellent; so is the chapter comparing vitamins and hormones. The body of the bock, however, runs through the vitamin alphabet, beginning with a historical account of the discovery of vitamin A, going on with something regarding its chemistry, something regarding the experimental proof of its physiologic

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