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December 1961

Vitamin C

Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(6):967. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620120151031

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Scurvy is old as the hills. The first mention of it is in the Ebers Papyrus written in 1500 B.C. Vitamin C, our protection from scurvy, has been known for only a relatively short time. In 1932 King and Waugh, and Szent-Györgyi and Svirbely identified it as a single crystalline substance. In the intervening years since 1932 a tremendous amount of information has been accumulated about it, particularly regarding the chemical reactions by which plants synthesize it, the enzymatic defect in man and in those animals which cannot synthesize it, and the biological and physiological functions which it performs in the body. These are the subjects of 32 scientific papers by authorities in their fields which were presented at a two-day meeting of the New York Academy of Sciences, October 7 and 8, 1960. The material is fresh and new. Experimental data supporting hypotheses are given in detail and are

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