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December 1940

Vitamin E: A Symposium Held Under the Auspices of the Nutritional Panel of the Food Group of the Society of Chemical Industry at London, April 1939.

Am J Dis Child. 1940;60(6):1451. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.02000060211020

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This monograph represents the proceedings of the symposium on vitamin E, edited by A. L. Bacharach and J. C. Drummond. It is a concise and authoritative summary of existing knowledge concerning this important and intriguing vitamin, intriguing because this so-called antisterility vitamin has not been shown to be related to the "sex hormones," either chemically or physiologically.

The monograph is divided into three parts: part I, the chemical structure and properties of tocopherol (vitamin E), including chemical methods of assay; part II, the physiologic action of the vitamin and the consequences of vitamin E deficiency, with observations on the biologic estimation of the vitamin, and part III, the clinical and veterinary uses of vitamin E preparations.

The pediatrician who reads this monograph will almost surely benefit from the impressive amount of information concerning this vitamin that the chemists and physiologists have acquired. He will also be struck by the contrast

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