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December 4, 1937

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JAMA. 1937;109(23):1912. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780490050018

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A NOBEL PRIZE FOR SZENT-GYÖRHYI  Dr. Albert Szent-Györgyi of the University of Szeged has been named as 1937 Nobel prize winner in medicine for his contributions to the subject of biochemical oxidations and for outstanding work on the isolation and identification of vitamin C. After the World War, Szent-györgyi, a Hungarian army medical officer, decided to devote his life to biochemical research. Several years later while working in Cambridge, England, he published an account of the isolation of a crystalline substance from adrenal tissue and from several plant products. There was reason for supposing that this newly discovered substance might be important in the oxidation-reduction systems of both plant and animal tissues. A solution of Szent-Györgyi's crystals had strong reducing properties; silver nitrate solution was acted on at room temperature to give a black precipitate of metallic silver. Because this reducing compound was a derivative of a sugar having six

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