Epilogue

  • Allan Elliott

Abstract

The publication of these ten volumes stirs my wonder and imagination about general aspects of the development of the sciences in the changing world. My knowledge of history is superficial but it seems that experimental chemistry started with alchemy, the search for the magic of gold, though the idea of ultimate particles was in the minds of classical Greek thinkers. Chemical study of biological materials started with von Liebig and others but got largely diverted into particular interest in carbon compounds though that subject was and is still called organic chemistry. Biological chemistry and related subjects started later in medical and agricultural faculties and developed rapidly as research interest and support came to medical scientists, particularly physiologists. Nevertheless, biochemistry, including neurochemistry, has its foundation in organic chemistry; some of the early work on brain chemistry, by Thudichum, Irvine Page, and others, was confined to the structure of prominent substances in brain. I even feel a little relevance of my own work in 1927 in organic chemistry on steric hindrance. Knowledge of space relations of atoms is now basic to descriptions of nucleic acids, receptor groups, etc.

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Montreal Neurological Institute Space Relation Powerful Force Pathological Neurochemistry Receptor Group 
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