Volume s1-19, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


In this ever changing world, shifts in the relative incidence and importance of different kinds of disease are matters of absorbing interest and practical concern. From these shifts there may arise new concepts of disease, new avenues of research, new light on old problems, sometimes they cause profound changes in the lives of millions of people. It is not unreasonable to include in this category the rise of the vitamin deficiencies to the place they occupy in medicine today. Beginning, in the modern sense, as an explanation for the occurrence of an obscure disease, beri-beri, affecting mainly the dense populations of far Eastern lands, the concept has broadened to establish an entirely new kind of disease composed of many individual representatives. From it has come a new concept of nutrition, new knowledge of vital biochemical processes, new fields of research, new substances and a new literature.


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  • Received : 08 Dec 1938
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