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January 1939

The Vitamins and Their Clinical Application.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1939;21(1):200. doi:10.1001/archopht.1939.00860010216025

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This manual was published in Germany late in 1936. The translation appeared in 1938 with an appendix of 53 pages, which, according to the publishers, brings the edition up to date until October 1937.

The first 120 pages (the translation) discusses briefly for each vitamin its history, chemistry, determination, occurrence, physiology, manifestations of deficiency, supposed mode of action and, in some instances, commercial preparations and dosage. The authors have assembled a mass of information in a few pages. If one remembers that this portion of the book covers the field only up to 1937, it can be said that it furnishes a compact body of data and an adequate bibliography.

The appendix, on the other hand, seems superfluous. Fifteen pages are devoted to outlines of the apparent function, possible results of deficiency and results of absence of each vitamin.

The separate bibliography of the appendix is imposing with over 680

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