Medicine: Death of the Vitamin Pioneer


Death of the Vitamin Pioneer

Of the three most salient drug advances of the 20th century, vitamins, hormonal medicine and antibacterial "wonder" drugs, the first continues to lead the list in everyday importance. Last week Dr. Casimir Funk, the quiet biochemist whose research ranged through two of these fields and led him to the discovery of vitamins in 1911, died of cancer at 83 in Albany, N.Y.

Born a dermatologist's son in Warsaw in 1884, Dr. Funk left Switzerland's Bern University in 1904 with a...

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