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October 1932

DIETARY DEFICIENCY AND OCULAR DISEASE

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PHILADELPHIA

Arch Ophthalmol. 1932;8(4):580-594. doi:10.1001/archopht.1932.00820170100010
Abstract

THE VITAMINS

The many recent advances in the study of nutrition seem to have fairly well established the fact that certain of the vitamins are essential to an adequate diet for maintaining the growth and proper development of young animals. Numerous investigations have shown that the prolonged absence of certain vitamins from the diet of animals will lead to definite pathologic changes in some of the tissues. The exact way in which these changes are produced still remains unexplained, but clinically it is now accepted that certain diseases in man are associated, at least, with the absence of a particular vitamin from the diet; for example, scurvy is considered to be due to the absence of vitamin C, and for this reason vitamin C has come to be known as the antiscorbutic vitamin. Vitamin B is considered to exert a particular effect on the nervous system, and its presence

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