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Cobalt in Acetonemia, A Case Report

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Title: Cobalt in Acetonemia, A Case Report
Author: Eveleth, D. F.
Description: By 1948, there had already been a gradual accumulation of information on the function of cobalt in animal metabolism. It has been known for a long time that cobalt stimulates the production of red blood cells. Its use in certain types of anemia has been a common practice. Acetonemia, or ketosis, is a disease of cattle that is characterized by loss of appetite, rapid loss of weight, sometimes nervous symptoms and the elimination of acetone or ketone substances in the urine, milk, and breath. These ketone bodies are usually found also in ewes suffering from pregnancy disease. Evidence suggests that in certain cases both in sheep and cattle that either a deficiency in cobalt or vitamin A may cause such a lack of appetite that the animals develop ketosis. A case report supporting the lack of cobalt in the diet of a cow who upon receiving such supplementation recovered.
Date: 1948
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/23297

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