Medicine: Nobel Prizemen

Many a guarded aspiration toward scientific fame subsided last week upon the awarding of the 1929 Nobel Prize in Medicine. Joint winners were Professor Frederick Gowland Hopkins of Cambridge University and Professor Christian Eijkman of the University of Utrecht. Both men pioneered in proving the existence, usefulness, necessity of vitamins in nutrition.

Vitamins are substances of very complicated chemical structure. They appear in certain foodstuffs in minute quantities. Their absences from food causes certain deficiency diseases. Although six vitamins are now definitely recognized,* only since 1912 have they been called vitamins....

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