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Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)

Naturevolume 134pages724725 (1934) | Download Citation



THE discussion on ascorbic acid (vitamin C) which was held in Section B (Chemistry) at the recent meeting of the British Association was, as the official title of the discussion indicated, mainly devoted to the chemical aspect of the subject. Perhaps the chief impression brought away from the meeting was of the astonishing advance made in our knowledge of vitamin C since Tillmans and Hirsch in 1932, after discovering that the vitamin could undergo a reversible oxidation without loss of potency, pointed out the great similarity between its properties and those of Szent-Gyorgyi's hexuronic acid (now known as ascorbic acid) and suggested that the latter substance might itself be the vitamin.


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