Book Details + Condition: Very scarce first edition from 1931 of Ethel Browning's THE VITAMINS. Bound in green cloth and tan leather, with gilt lettering to the raised spine and with top edge gilt. Decorative marbled endpapers and a selection of illustrated plates, as well as in-text illustrations and tables, enhance the text. Measures 11.25" x 9". In very good condition: typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing; discoloration to boards; remnant of old tape on front board; binding and text block is sound; small chip to front endpaper; text and illustrations are clear and crisp with mild age toning; small repaired tear to p. 93; scattered light marginal notes and underlining. Ex-library, with typical marks including stamp on lower and upper text edges; erased notes on title page and Preface; old stamps of Italian optician on a few pages. This work is the first in a series entitled Monographs of the Pickett-Thomson Research Laboratory. CONTENTS — Part I: The Vitamins in General; Part II: The Fat-Soluble Viatmins (Vitamins A, D, and E); Part III: the Water-Soluble Vitamins; Tables Showing the Vitamin Content of Foodstuffs; References; Plates; Index. From the Introduction:
"The first part of the monograph has been devoted to a consideration of the vitamins from a more or less non-specific point of view. There is at present a certain section of workers who emphasise this aspect of vitamin action, especially when considering their therapeutic possibilities. These workers believe that more benefit will eventually be derived from the use of 'vitamin-rich' diets, that is, of diets consisting of a variety of fresh foods, than from the separate administration of foodstuffs, or extracts of foodstuffs, in which one or other vitamin predominates. In dealing with each vitamin under its separate heading, however, the widely accepted classification of each according to its connection with specific disorders of health has been followed."