J. A. MCINTOSH, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Avitaminoses occur in man and other animals when diets poor or deficient in vitamins are eaten, but attention to protozoa and metazoa as "Vitamin robbers" in the intestinal tract capable of inducing avitaminosis in the host if the diet is below normal therein has not been recognized and given emphasis.
We are familiar with the saying that a good appetite in the presence of malnutrition is suggestive of tape worm infestation, and such metazoa as the broad tape worm of the fish and the hookworm are known to cause secondary anemias, but they are not generally regarded as "Vitamin robbers"
MCINTOSH JA. Avitaminosis Complicated by Cestodiasis; Case Report1. Ann Intern Med. ;4:613–619. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-4-6-613
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1930;4(6):613-619.
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