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April 24, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(17):806-807. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440170040009

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In the American Naturalist for April, Mr. Albert Matthews makes a plea for the recognition of biochemistry as a special branch of science and for the establishment and endowment of professorships and laboratories for research in this particular line. He shows that the chemistry of living matter, or the chemistry of metabolism, has problems of its own quite apart from those that engage the attention of the specialist in ordinary organic chemistry. The fully qualified bio-chemist should also have his own special qualifications; he should be to some extent a zoologist and a botanist as well as a physiologist, and while he widens his range of knowledge in this way he can best work by restricting his field to the study of the chemical problems of life and the substance of living beings. His specialty is in its way one of the widest, but it is even yet wider when

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