University Chemistry ›› 2020, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (11): 110-114.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX202006078

Special Issue: 化学科普(2020)

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Vitamin B1: The Killer of Beriberi from Ancient Times to Now

Feng Zhang, Zhenming Zhang, Dehong Yang(), Kun Wang, Siru Chen, Liuxue Zhang   

  • Received:2020-06-29 Accepted:2020-07-13 Published:2020-07-31
  • Contact: Dehong Yang


The shadow of vitamin B1 follows the footsteps of human in the fight against beriberi. Mankind's understanding of VB1 accumulates gradually, experiences a long and tortuous process, and finally comes to the truth. It is essential to the normal functioning of the body. Scientific spirit and scientific methods are proved undoubtly to be the crucial factors to overcome beriberi and discover vitamin B1. Scientific development is endless, and people are still exploring new areas of vitamin B1.

Key words: Vitamin B1, Discovery history, Role, Scientific spirit, Scientific methods


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