Category Archives: Medicine
It is rare for a scientist to discover one drug that makes it to market. Sir James not only led the discovery of two major drugs, propranolol and cimetidine. As if that were not enough, each drug was a “first-in-class” agent, the first approved drug that acts via a novel mechanism of action.
Commenters from AllThingsMuscle tell me that it’s “testosterone replacement therapy,” not bodybuilding.
A colleague’s accolades for epidural anesthesia during childbirth lead to a discussion of one of the pioneers of this technique whose career also included invention of a crucial tool in the eradication of smallpox.
Revisiting an old article on the Bayh-Dole Act leads us to wonder whether US university ownership of discoveries from federally-funded research has hindered medical progress.
Denise Gellene in the New York Times is reporting this morning that Scottish physician, Sir John Crofton, passed away on 3 November at age 97. Crofton is best known for implementing a combination drug regimen to treat tuberculosis, the insidious lung infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis which decimated the US early last century and still kills […]
Remove the entire lung? Uh, no, I won’t be doing that.
“Getting vaccinated is not only sensible in terms of personal health, it is the socially responsible thing to do. It is essentially a civic duty, not unlike how trimming flammable brush protects the neighbors’ homes from fire as well.” – Durango (Colorado) Herald News 14 Jan 2009
The human behind the humanist medical/literary blog returns from hiatus. I’m already feeling much better.
On July 1st in medical centers across the US, one door closes and another opens.
For all of you parents of children with cancer, here’s what your kids might be doing in 50 years.