In the inter-war period, he visited his family in Poland several times. All of his Polish relatives died in death camps during World War II. Reichstein understood Polish well to the end of his life but he had difficulties with speaking. He supported the development of Poles studying and working at Swiss universities, funding scholarships for them.

Tadeusz Reichstein was awarded for his work on hormones and the isolation of cortisone. This substance has an anti-inflammatory effect and is considered a performance-enhancing drug, a steroid hormone. It is used for potassium cyanide or hydrogen cyanide poisoning. He was also working on obtaining corticosterone. One cannot fail to mention that this was an epoch-making discovery, enabling steroids to be widely used in the following years to treat a great many diseases, including many nephropathies. In fact, it is difficult to imagine modern medicine without the possibility of using these compounds.

 

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