Vitamin A Deficiency: Health, Survival, and Vision

Hardcover | February 1, 1991

byAlfred Sommer, Keith P. West, James A. Olson

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Many studies over the past decade and a half have indicated that vitamin A status is an important determinant of health. The World Bank now estimates that vitamin A intervention programs are some of the most cost-effective health strategies globally. This new book, written by leadinginvestigators in the field, is the first to synthesize the many important studies to date. The authors identify and quantify the biological, clinical and public health impact of vitamin A deficiency on childhood growth, mortality and morbidity, including anemia and blindness. They deal with theepidemiologic and biological basis of these findings, and with the prevention and treatment of these disorders, particularly of measles, diarrhea and xeorophthalmia. Alternative approaches to identifying individuals and populations in need of intervention, alternative strategies for improvingvitamin A and carotenoids, and the relationship between vitamin A and immunity are discussed. This comprehensive volume on a critically important and widespread nutritional deficiency will serve as a unique resource for nutritionists, physicians, public health workers and policy makers, and will beespecially relevant to clinicians and researchers in international health.

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Many studies over the past decade and a half have indicated that vitamin A status is an important determinant of health. The World Bank now estimates that vitamin A intervention programs are some of the most cost-effective health strategies globally. This new book, written by leadinginvestigators in the field, is the first to synthesiz...

Alfred Sommer is at The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Keith P. West is at The Johns Hopkins University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.49 × 6.73 × 1.02 inPublished:February 1, 1991Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

I: Introduction1. BackgroundII: Consequences of Vitamin A Deficiency2. Child Survival3. Infectious Morbidity4. Xerophthalmia and Keratomalacia5. Anemia and Iron Metabolism6. GrowthIII: Mechanisms7. Contributory and Precipitating Events8. Biochemistry of Vitamin A and Carotenoids9. The Relationship between Immunocompetence and Vitamin A StatusIV: Treatment10. Treatment of Vitamin A Deficiency and XerophthalmiaV: Assessment and Prevention11 Ic Assessment of Vitamin A Status. 12. Epidemiology of Deficiency13. Dietary Intervention14. Supplementation15. Fortification of Dietary Items with Vitamin A

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"The scientific value of this work cannot be overstated. The authors and their contributors are to be congradulated for this exceptional scientific literary achievement...Definitive reference for all ophthalmologists, epidemiologists, public health planners, eye health care workers, andnutritionists."--American Journal of Ophthalmology