Vitamin A deficiency : health, survival and vision


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438 p

"It now seems clear that improving the vitamin A status of deficient children would not only prevent 5 million to 10 million cases of xerophthalmia and half a million children from going blind each year, but save a million or more lives annually as well. This book therefore reframes the issue of vitamin A deficiency in its broader context of child health and survival. A great deal attention is paid to the systemic complications of vitamin A deficiency and the data from which they are derived. The recent explosion in knowledge about the basic biochemistry of vitamin A and its impact on the immune system has begun to explain the clinical and public health observations. Drs. James Olson and Catharine Ross have graciously assumed responsibility for these two chapters. This book is useful to pediatricians, nutritionists, ophthalmologists, scientists and public health practitioners and officials engaged in designing and implementing programs aimed at curbing vitamin A deficiency and its consequences and reducing the terrible and needless loss of sight and life"

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