Observations on the Function of Peroxidase Systems and the Chemistry of the Adrenal Cortex: Description of a New Carbohydrate
During the first year of his fellowship at Cambridge, Szent-Gyorgyi was able to isolate--from orange and cabbage juice--the
reducing substance he had found in earlier work with adrenal glands. He found that it was a carbohydrate, perhaps a sugar
acid, but needed to name it before he published his results. The editor of the Biochemical Journal rejected Szent-Gyorgyi's
humorous names ("Ignose," then "Godnose") and suggested "hexuronic acid."
Szent-Gyorgyi was awarded a PhD from Cambridge for this work in 1927. In 1932, he would find that "hexuronic acid"
was in fact vitamin C.
Number of Image Pages:
24 (2,751,073 Bytes)
Periodical: Szent-Gyorgyi, Albert. "Observations on the Function of Peroxidase Systems and the Chemistry of the Adrenal Cortex: Description
of a New Carbohydrate Derivative." The Biochemical Journal 22, 6 (1928): 1387-1409. Article. 24 Images.
Biochemical Society (Great Britain)
Reproduced with permission from Szent-Gyorgyi, Albert, (1928), Biochemical Journal, 22, 1387-1409. Copyright the Biochemical