Vitamin B1 - About

The Chicken Farm educational game and related reading are based on the 1929 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. No one had heard of vitamins until Christian Eijkman pointed out that a substance in rice skin was missing from the diet of beriberi patients, which was later discovered to be vitamin B1. This was the first time that an illness was linked with vitamin deficiency.

First published: November 2003
Estimated play time: 5 min.
Sound: No
High score: Yes

Chicken Farm Game

- Why do we need vitamin B1?
- What food contains vitamin B1?
- What is the disease beriberi?

This fast-paced game relies on a keen knowledge of food containing vitamin B1 and good keyboard skills to save lives.

You have one minute to feed chickens suffering from beriberi with the correct food to stop them from dying. If you are too slow, or provide the wrong food, the chickens will collapse and die. Cure them quickly, and you could end up on the list as "the fastest feeder this month"!

For instructions on how to play the game, click on the HELP button found at the bottom of the game window.

Reading: "Christian Eijkman, Beriberi and Vitamin B1"

- Who was Eijkman and why did he travel to Java?
- What did Eijkman know about beriberi?
- Eijkman's trials; Monkeys, Chickens and Prisoners
- Vitamin B1
- Why was beriberi such a common disease?
- The 1929 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Read "Christian Eijkman, Beriberi and Vitamin B1"

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