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July 29, 1961


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

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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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