Christiaan Eijkman


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Noun1.Christiaan Eijkman - Dutch physician who discovered that beriberi is caused by a nutritional deficiency (1858-1930)
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About 15 years later a Dutch physician in the East Indies, Christiaan Eijkman, noted that chickens fed mostly polished rice also contracted beriberi but recovered when fed rice polishings.
He studied biochemistry at Cambridge University and then worked in the Biochemistry Department, which was founded by Frederick Gowland Hopkins, who himself received a Nobel Prize in 1929, together with Christiaan Eijkman, for the discovery of vitamins.
A Dutch physician, Christiaan Eijkman (1858-1930), who had gone to the East Indies to study the disease, was nonplussed.