Funk, the Discoverer of Vitamins Rediculed by the American Medical Association Part 1: the Doctor-denialists Series

                                                                              Majid Ali, M.D.

Doctors passionate about their social status—“politician-doctors” appears to be a suitable designation for them—have a long record of stifling new ideas and delaying acceptance of valuable additions to medical knowledge. What might be the explanation of this phenomena? Is it mere a failure to comprehend new ideas? Or intellectual laziness? Could it be a pathologic need for self-aggrandizement? In this series on “doctor-denialists,” I present revealing examples of this phenomenon both in past centuries and contemporary times.

Funk, the Discoverer of Vitamins Rediculed

In 1912, Kazimierz Funk (1884 – 1967, anglicized as Casimir Funk), a Polish biochemist formulate the concept of vitamins. He designated them “vital amines,” which later came to be called vitamins”.[5]Funk Opposed by offer Kazimierz Funk[1] [ka’?imj?? ‘fu?k] (February 23, 1884 – Novemb. It seems improbable that he should have been rediculed both by the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine in London and the American Medical Association. But it did happen. Consider the following quote from the science journal Nature (25 June 2014):

“Although many embraced the idea that vitamins could prevent or reverse certain illnesses, the medical establishment railed against it: Funk’s colleagues at the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine in London questioned his theory and tried to ban him from using the term vitamine in his papers, and a 1917 editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association noted that although “the expression ‘deficiency disease’ has become popular”, the concept is a “vague explanation that is readily accepted by the uncritical” (JAMA, J. Am. Med. Assoc. 24, 2040–2041 (1917).

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