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The Vitamine Theory Thus, Funk’s greatest contribution involves not the data generated in his laboratory, but rather the theory produced from his thoughtful review of information already in the medical literature of the time. This fact caused Harris (1955, p. 13) to write: The interpreter may be as useful to science as the discoverer. I refer here to any man9 who is able to take a broad view of what has already been done by others, to collect evidence and discern through it all some common connecting link.
Therefore, it was clear that water-soluble B was identical to or at least contained Funk’s antiberiberi vitamine; hence, it became known as vitamine B. Accessory Factors Same as Vitamines With these discoveries, it became apparent that the biological activities of the accessory factors and the vitamines were likely to be due to the same compounds. Thus, the concept of a vitamine was, generalized to include nonnitrogenous compounds, and the antipolyneuritis vitamine became vitamin B. Elucidation of the Vitamins So it was, through the agencies of several factors, a useful new intellectual construct, the use of defined diets, and the availability of appropriate animal models, that nutrition emerged as a scientific discipline.
In 1920, J. C. , for any vitamins subsequently to be discovered. 18 Exposing infants to sunlight has been a traditional practice in many cultures and had been a folk treatment for rickets in northern Europe. 19 For this and other discoveries of the basic chemical and physiological processes in vision, George Wald was awarded, with Haldan K. Hartline (of the United States) and R. Grant (of Sweden), the Nobel Prize in 1967. 17 20 Discovery of the Vitamins the aldehyde form of vitamin A, that is, retinaldehyde.