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History of Medicine

Iridium

February 18, 2019

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History of Medicine

Calcium

September 17, 2018

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History of Medicine

CRISPR

February 19, 2018

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History of Medicine

Dr. Peter Dennis Mitchell, British Biochemist

October 30, 2017

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The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1978 was awarded to Peter Mitchell “for his contribution to the understanding of biological energy transfer through the formulation of the chemiosmotic theory“.

Diabetes

September 18, 2017

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History of Medicine

Medicine and the Philosophy of Rene Descartes; Cogito ergo sum

June 12, 2017

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The French philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes (1596-1650) gave a high priority to medicine and dedicated a great deal of his life to medical studies. Nevertheless, his relation to medicine has always been debated. A number of recent works have contributed to reassessing the earlier critique which nearly wrote him out from medical history. The recent biographical dismissal of a number of earlier allegations and the recent interpretations of the medical contents of his collected writings ought to result in Descartes' reinstatement in medical history.

Jan Evangelista Purkyne, Medical Researcher, Cell Biologist (1787-1869)

May 15, 2017

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Jan Evangelista Purkyne (Czech: also written Johann Evangelist Purkinje) (1787-1869) was a Czech anatomist and physiologist. He was one of the best known scientists of his time. In 1839, he coined the term ?protoplasm' for the fluid substance of a cell. His son was the painter Karel Purkyne. Such was his fame that when people from outside Europe wrote letters to him, all that they needed to put as the address was "Purkyne, Europe". He is buried in the Czech National Cemetery in Vysehrad, Prague, modern-day Czech Republic.

Benjamin Franklin's Contributions to Health and Medicine

Benjamin Franklin took a great interest in health-related topics. In his day, many beliefs about health and disease were based on superstition. Franklin applied Enlightenment reasoning to his study of various afflictions and came up with some astonishingly accurate hypotheses. Here are just a few of Franklin's theories and accomplishments in the fields of health, physical fitness, and medicine.

History of Cell Biology 101

Editor's note: The evolution of the cell is one of Science's most awesome areas of study, leading to the origins of life itself. It is beyond our comprehension, why anyone able to contribute to the funding of research, inquiring into the mystery of life, and its pathologies, which cell biology does, why anyone would not be eager to do so. Perhaps Americans should vote to require that all politicians have an education high enough to enable them to understand the worlds of science, math, technology, engineering, and all the arts (which remind us of our humanity).

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