Medicine: Vitamins, Eh?

Repeated disappointments in cure-alls has never dulled the native U.S. penchant for medicine fads. Last week's vitamin news indicated another disillusionment.

At the request of the Quartermaster General's Office, Drs. Julian Meade Ruffin and David Cayer conducted a month-long study of vitamin reactions on healthy people. Two hundred medical students and technicians at Duke University School of Medicine were given the same average American food; some took supplemental vitamins, some didn't. Result, for the vitamin eaters: "no demonstrable beneficial effect."


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