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July 29, 1961

BIOCHEMICAL BREAK-THROUGH

JAMA. 1961;177(4):260. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040300032011

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Abstract

In 1912 a Polish chemist suggested that the substance [which conquered the deficiency diseases] was an amine and tabbed it "vitamine." From there a massive literature emerged, as investigators plumbed the mysteries of deficiency disease, the vitamins, the enzymes, the coenzymes, and the catalysts. Biochemistry, the neglected stepchild of medicine, burgeoned into importance. Today no other field of medicine has been so fully investigated and studied, yet still offers so many mysterious challenges.—Mathison, R. R.: The Eternal Search, New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1958, p. 127.

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