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Vitamins and Hormones

Nature volume 158, page 647 (09 November 1946) | Download Citation



THE third volume in the series vitamins and hormones amply maintains the standard set by its pietetfssors. As the editors say in their preface, “The object matter of successive volumes will integrate more and more until ‘Vitamins and Hormones’ eventually becomes a complete reference to all active research in the vitamin and hormone field”. The authors of the series of chapters are well chosen, and with few exceptions a high standard is maintained in each. Microbiological aspects of vitamins are discussed by Najjar and Barrett, in a chapter on the synthesis of B vitamins by intestinal bacteria, who summarize a subject of much topical interest; an article 120 pages in length (including 456 references) by B. C. J. Knight is an exhaustive review of growth factors in microbiology; amino-acids, purines, pyrimidines and naphthoquinones are discussed as well as the vitamin B complex. The threads of knowledge upon the interrelation of vitamins have been brought together by T. Moore in a suggestive article, and the influence of sulphonamides in experimental diets upon bacterial synthesis of vitamins discussed by Daft and Sebrell.

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