J. R. E.
When God made the world he began, presumably, with hydrogen. Hydrogen is the first element in the periodic table and consists of two primary particles: a positively charged nucleus, the proton, and an orbiting negatively charged satellite, the electron. When these two components of the hydrogen atom are separated, the positively charged proton, or hydrogen ion, becomes a sort of chemical "agitator" that arouses a high degree of reactivity and instability among its ionic and molecular neighbors. In the beginning there was chaos and hydrogen, in the end there is—among other results of creation—acid-base balance and the oft-confused physician who
E. JR. Hydrogen—Ionized and Otherwise. Ann Intern Med. ;57:687–688. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-57-4-687
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