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MILESTONES IN BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH A History of Vitamin A and Retinoids

@inproceedings{Wolf2004MILESTONESIB,
  title={MILESTONES IN BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH A History of Vitamin A and Retinoids},
  author={George Wolf},
  year={2004}
}
Vitamin A has probably been known for at least 3500 years as a factor that can cure a deficiency disease. Ancient Egyptians appear to have recognized night blindness, which we now know to be caused by vitamin A deficiency, and found a cure for it (1). However, this view has been disputed by modern scholars (2): the papyrus Ebers (ca. 1500 B.C.) (1) mentions an unspecified eye disease, sharew, but not night blindness; the word “night” does not appear. The recommended cure was “roasted ox liver… 

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