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January 16, 1967

Emil Fischer (1852-1919) Organic Chemist

JAMA. 1967;199(3):223. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120030127037

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To the Editor:—  The editorial on Emil Fischer (198:313, 1966) is an interesting description of an amazing man. There is an error in the description of Veronal (p 314) as "one of the first of the modern soporifics that preceded the barbiturates." Actually, Vernonal is a name that Fischer applied to barbital, or diethyl barbituric acid. The name "diethylmalonyl urea" is the original nomenclature for diethyl barbituric acid. There is a story that Fischer visited Verona and found it to be so sleepy a town that he chose the name for his best soporific.