THE MIRACLE OF VITAMINS by Doris Faber

THE MIRACLE OF VITAMINS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The newest title in the Science Survey Series should prove to be useful supplementary reading for health, nutrition and science courses at the junior and senior high school levels. Through the stories of the researchers who discovered the relationships of various foods to diseases caused by dietary deficiencies, the author has brought science history to life in a way that text book versions of the same discoveries seldom do. Starting with the British Navy's conquest of scurvy and the concurrent oriental/occidental onslaught on beri-beri, the author's history of vitamin research loses little momentum as it moves into the laboratories. There, the painstaking methods that produced the alphabetical health givers are lucidly outlined and explained. A cautionary chapter on food fads and vitamin frauds is especially well done. There is a list of the agencies supplying free information on nutrition, a short bibliography of recent books and reference works on the subject as well as an index.

Pub Date: Jan. 31st, 1964
Publisher: Putnam