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March 1939

Vitamin B1 and Its Use in Medicine.

Am J Dis Child. 1939;57(3):731. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1939.01990030245028

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With the establishment of the chemical structure of vitamin B1, thiamin, and its artificial synthesis, the time seems particularly appropriate for just such a book as this. Dr. Williams, a doctor of science associated with the Bell Telephone Laboratories of New York, has contributed much to the knowledge of thiamin and is well fitted to discuss the various steps by which this knowledge has developed. Dr. Spies, associate professor of medicine at the University of Cincinnati, has made a special study of the clinical aspects of vitamin deficiencies. Together they have produced a comprehensive and inspiring survey of great value to every physician and student of nutrition.

In the first part of the book is presented rather exact information of immediate value in the practice of medicine. The second part has to do with historical material and experimental study. Both clinical and experimental evidence emphasize the importance of the

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