A KNOWN chemical substance, hexuronic acid, has justifiably been renamed ascorbic acid to indicate its identity with the antiscorbutic vitamin C.
This simple statement should quicken the pulse of anyone familiar with the long story of scurvy, the slowly won knowledge of the vitamins, and the marvelous achievements of chemistry in biological fields not so long ago wholly closed to us. That the significance of this name giving has been appreciated by laymen is evidenced by an editorial in the New York Times for Sunday, September 9, 1934. To us physicians the event should bring an even greater satisfaction.
ASCORBIC ACID. Ann Intern Med. ;8:764–765. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-8-6-764
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1934;8(6):764-765.
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