HOWARD B. LEWIS, PH.D.
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Our conception of the vitamins has undergone material change since the term was introduced into the literature of the biological sciences and medicine by Casimir Funk in 1912. In an important review of the existing knowledge of beri-beri, scurvy, and pellagra, he emphasized the reality of the deficiency diseases and suggested the term "vitamine" for the factors, as yet poorly characterized, which were effective in the cure or prevention of these conditions. The term was intended to suggest their vital function (vita, life) and basic nature (amine, a basic compound containing nitrogen). Since early investigations failed to support Funk's contention
LEWIS HB. VITAMINS IN THEORY AND PRACTICE1. Ann Intern Med. ;13:749–754. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-13-5-749
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1939;13(5):749-754.
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