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Author Frankenburg, Frances Rachel.

Title Vitamin discoveries and disasters : history, science, and controversies / Frances Rachel Frankenburg.

Published Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger/ABC-CLIO, [2009]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  612.399 FRAN    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 145 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Series Praeger series on contemporary health and living.
Praeger series on contemporary health and living.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Rats That Don't Grow and Have Sore Eyes: Vitamin A (Retinol), the Anti-Night Blindness Vitamin -- 2. Soldiers in Pain and Staggering Chickens: Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), the Anti-Beriberi Vitamin -- 3. Dermatitis, Diarrhea, Dementia, and Death: Vitamin B3 (Niacin), the Anti-Pellagra Vitamin -- 4. Deadly Anemia, Sludge, and the Nobel Prize for a Woman: Vitamins B9 (Folate) and B12 (Cobalamin), the Two Anti-Anemia Vitamins -- 5. Sailors, Scurvy, the Guinea Pig,and the Nobel Prize: Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), the Anti-Scurvy Vitamin -- 6. Soft Bones, Lack of Light, and the "Sunshine Hormone": Vitamin D (Calcitriol), the Anti-Rickets Vitamin -- 7. Can You Have Too Much of a Good Thing? Toxicity from Vitamins -- 8. Conclusion: Victories, but Lingering Concerns -- Appendix A. Vitamin A and the Eye -- Appendix B. Calcium, Bones, and Collagen -- Appendix C. Anemia -- Appendix D. How Much of Each Vitamin Should I Take?
Summary "Vitamin Discoveries and Disasters describes the emergence of nutritional science and its contributions to our understanding of how the body functions. Each chapter focuses on a specific vitamin. describing the researchers. the research. and the historic and scientific contexts for its discovery. Together. these chapters chart the ongoing conflict between physicians who saw all illness as caused by organisms and those who saw some illness as a result of dietary deficiency." "This book looks at the groundbreaking work in nutrition science that paved the way for the discovery of vitamins. bringing to light a number of lesser-known scientists who made crucial discoveries about vitamins and the diseases they fight. It also explores in authoritative, but accessible terms what each specific vitamin is, how it works, and the consequences of its deficiency."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Vitamins -- History.
Vitamins in human nutrition -- History.
Avitaminosis -- History.
ISBN 9780313354755 (hard copy : alk. paper)
0313354758 (hard copy : alk. paper)
9780313354762 (ebook)
0313354766 (ebook)