GEORGE C. GRIFFITH, M.D., F.A.C.P.; EDWARD M. BUTT, M.D.; JOSEPH WALKER, M.D.
The purpose of this paper is threefold: first, to point out the average content of certain inorganic elements in human tissues by the study of material from 910 autopsied patients; second, to suggest that some, if not all, of these elements may be micronutrients which play a rôle in the enzyme systems of the body; and third, to determine whether the mercurial diuretics are harmful to the human kidney.
Although the rôles of certain inorganic elements in the enzyme systems of the body—iron, for example— are understood fairly well, the functions of other metals have remained relatively obscure. Even when
GRIFFITH GC, BUTT EM, WALKER J. THE INORGANIC ELEMENT CONTENT OF CERTAIN HUMAN TISSUES1. Ann Intern Med. ;41:501–509. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-41-3-501
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