Patients with prolonged fat malabsorption and some premature infants receiving iron must be given vitamin E. Use of tocopherol therapy in BPD and RLF, while promising, is unproven and should be used only · in a controlled study. Research on the role of vitamin E in human physiology is entering a rapid-growth phase. I feel certain the near future will see scientifically well founded uses for this "vitamin without a disease."

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