The story of selenium (Se) in medicine is a story of surprise, excessive generalization, sheer prejudice, lingering uncertainty, triumphant breakthroughs and mere errors1, and this tradition has still been carried on in recent years. Initially, Se was recognized as a poisonous element, closely linked to its well-known and badly feared neighbour on the periodic table, arsenic. With the demonstration of its essentiality in the late 1950s by Klaus Schwarz2, its general appreciation changed dramatically.
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Feature| December 01 2010
Selenium: Essential micronutrient and controversial supplement
Mette Stoedter ;
Ulrich Schweizer ;
Biochem (Lond) (2010) 32 (6): 16–19.
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Mette Stoedter, Ulrich Schweizer, Lutz Schomburg; Selenium: Essential micronutrient and controversial supplement. Biochem (Lond) 1 December 2010; 32 (6): 16–19. doi: https://doi.org/10.1042/BIO03206016
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