Steroid hormones and the Luftwaffe. A venture into fundamental strategic research and some of its consequences: The Birch reduction becomes a birth reduction

@article{Birch1992SteroidHA,
  title={Steroid hormones and the Luftwaffe. A venture into fundamental strategic research and some of its consequences: The Birch reduction becomes a birth reduction},
  author={A. Birch},
  journal={Steroids},
  year={1992},
  volume={57},
  pages={363-377}
}
  • A. Birch
  • Published 1992
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Steroids
I recount my involvement in the development of biologically active, totally synthetic steroid hormones since 1941. The reasons for my approach to the first total synthesis of a potent androgen are given. I touch on the even more important general synthetic outcomes from ideas generated by the search for useful amounts of a cortically active hormone, such as novel angular methylations, partial hydrogenations of aromatic systems (Birch reductions), and novel usages in synthesis based on the… Expand
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