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Article
November 1932

RELATION O VITAMNS A D, B AND G TO OTOLARYNGOLOGY

Author Affiliations

HOUTON, TEXAS
From the Houston Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital and Rice Institute.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1932;16(5):661-675. doi:10.1001/archotol.1932.00630040674002
Abstract

This investigation has been undertaken to determine the effect of a deficiency in vitamins A, D, B and G on the ear, nose and throat. The methods used in the study have been a comprehensive but incomplete review of the literature and animal experimentation with clinical application of the facts learned therefrom and from my practice. The literature on vitamins1 is enormous, and contains fascinating by-paths in many subjects. All of these that do not bear directly on otolaryngology have been avoided. The practical value of animal experimentation and the clinical application of the findings are mutually dependent.

REVIEW O LITERATURE

Vitamin A.—A diet deficient in vitamin A produces a metaplsia2 in the epithelium of the nasal mucosa. This change is from the cylindric to the stratified squamous cells. It begins in a group of cells deep in the epithelium, which by enlarging and fusing with other

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