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Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine for 1943: Profs. H. Dam and E. A. Doisy

Nature volume 154, page 602 (11 November 1944) | Download Citation



IT is announced that the Nobel Prize in Medicine for 1943 has been awarded jointly to Prof. Henrik Dam and Prof. E. A. Doisy for work on vitamin K. Looking back, we may recall that it is now fifteen years since the first Nobel Prize given for research on vitamins was shared by Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins and Prof. C. Eijkman, as a tribute to their pioneer observations in this field of science. Prof. Eijkman had been concerned specifically with one vitamin factor, namely, vitamin B1; and since then other Nobel Prizes have been awarded at various times for researches on vitamins A, C and certain components of the B complex. It is fitting that the latest prize should mark the completion of an important chapter in nutritional knowledge, namely, that concerned with vitamin K, for it is one of the vitamins, still relatively few, which have so far been proved to have important clinical uses.

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