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Alimentary Exudative Diathesis, a Consequence of E-avitaminosis


IN a previous communication1, we described a symptom which could be produced in chicks by feeding them an artificial diet in which the protein had been thoroughly extracted by alcohol. The symptom consists in large accumulations of blood plasma under the skin, originating from inflamed and hyperæmic capillaries in the connective tissue, notably the fat tissue. This condition was termed ‘alimentary exudative diathesis’, and it was shown to be a deficiency disease which could be prevented by alfalfa, and petrol-ether or alcohol extracts from alfalfa.

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DAM, H., GLAVIND, J. Alimentary Exudative Diathesis, a Consequence of E-avitaminosis. Nature 143, 810–811 (1939).

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