On This Day

Medical Science in History (Part 2)

Medical: Diseases - Surgery - Viruses

Historical Events

  • 2018-10-03 259 people have died taking selfies since 2011 according to study in "Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care"
  • 2019-02-11 Artificial Intelligence system meant to assist diagnosis in the future, pitted against physicians in test to diagnose 600,000 patients in results published in "Nature Medicine", A.I. won, just
  • 2019-05-01 Two-time South African Olympic champion runner Caster Semenya loses appeal against proposed rules to limit her testosterone levels; medically reducing levels the only way to continue competition
  • 2019-05-30 Two new studies find eating processed foods leads to an early death and ill health published in "British Medical Journal"
  • 2019-10-07 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology awarded to Peter Ratcliffe, William Kaelin and Gregg Semenza for discovering how cells sense oxygen
  • 2020-03-20 Smoke from Australian bushfires killed more people than the fires - 417 vs 33 according to new study published in "Medical Journal of Australia"

COVID-19 Pandemic

2020-04-01 US President Donald Trump says the US Strategic National Stockpile is almost depleted amid widespread shortages of medical equipment to fight COVID-19

  • 2020-10-05 US President Donald Trump leaves Walter Reed National Military Medical Center while still infectious with COVID-19 and returns to the White House
  • 2020-10-05 Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded jointly to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice for the discovery of hepatitis C virus [1]
  • 2021-05-08 Indian Medical Association calls for a national lockdown, criticizing President Modi's government's response as recorded COVID-19 deaths pass 4,000 a day

Music History

2021-08-05 Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts (80) announces he will be unable to accompany the band on its 2021 U.S. tour, based on medical advice; American Steve Jordan tapped to fill in

  • 2021-10-04 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine awarded to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian for discovering receptors for temperature and touch

Famous Birthdays

  • 1941-04-13 Michael Stuart Brown, American geneticist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1985), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941-08-23 Patrick Taylor, Irish-Canadian medical researcher, editor, and novelist (An Irish Country series), born in Bangor, Northern Ireland
  • 1941-10-24 William H. Dobelle, American biomedical engineer (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2013 nominee), born in Massachusetts (d. 2004)
  • 1942-01-27 Tasuku Honjo, Japanese immunologist (Nobel Prize for medicine 2018), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1942-03-27 Sir John E. Sulston, British molecular biologist, co-recipient of 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (roundworm genome sequencing), born in Fulmer, Buckinghamshire (d. 2018)
  • 1942-05-28 Stanley B. Prusiner, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1942-06-12 Bert Sakmann, German cell physiologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1991), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1942-08-08 Jay David, rocker (Dr Hook & Medicine Show)
  • 1943-09-06 Richard J. Roberts, English biochemist and molecular biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, born in Derby, England
  • 1943-10-12 Jeffrey MacDonald, American medical doctor convicted of murdering his wife and two daughters, born in Queens, New York City
  • 1944-07-08 Jonelle Allen, American stage and screen actress (Two Gentlemen of Verona; Palmerstown, USA - "Bessie"; Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman - "Grace"), and singer, born in New York City
  • 1945-07-06 Rik Elswit, American rocker (Dr Hook & Medicine Show-In the Right Place), born in California
  • 1947-09-28 Peter Hope-Evans, British singer and harmonicaist (Medicine Head), born in Brecon, Powys, Wales
  • 1948-08-07 James Allison, American immunologist (Noble Prize for Medicine 2018), born in Alice, Texas
  • 1948-08-22 Rob Buckman, British broadcaster and actor (Pink Medicine Show), born in London
  • 1949-03-28 Michael W. Young, American geneticist noted for work studying circadian rhythms (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2017), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1950-11-06 Ernest Thompson, American actor (Sierra, Westside Medical), born in Bellows Fall, Vermont
  • 1951-09-30 Barry Marshall, Australian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1951-11-09 Hetty de Boer-Jongkind, Dutch medical astrologist and founder (Vakvereniging Medical Astrology), born in Amsterdam (d. 1993)
  • 1953-01-29 Hwang Woo-Suk, South Korean biomedical scientist and stem cell researcher, born in Buyeo-gun, South Korea
  • 1953-10-30 Desmond Fitzgerald, Irish medical doctor and President of the University of Limerick, born in Dublin
  • 1954-06-07 Louise Erdrich, American author (Love Medicine, The Bingo Palace), born in Little Falls, Minnesota
  • 1955-11-04 David Julius, American physiologist (2021 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine for receptors for temperature and touch), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1960-08-10 Todd David Hess, First USAF Member inducted into Army's Order of Military Medical Merit.

Shinya Yamanaka

1962-09-04 Shinya Yamanaka, Japanese physician (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine), born in Osaka, Japan

  • 1963-04-20 Aubrey de Grey, British biomedical gerontologist, born in London
  • 1964-07-20 Murray Craven, Medicine Hat, NHL left wing (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1965-06-04 Adi Utarini, Indonesian medical researcher (Dengue Fever), born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 1968-09-25 Johan Friso, prince of Orange-Nassau, born in University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1969-04-05 Rochelle Walensky, American physician and medical researcher (Director of the CDC 2021-), born in Peabody, Massachusetts
  • 1969-10-23 Sanjay Gupta, American neurosurgeon and medical reporter (CNN), born in Novi, Michigan
  • 1970-04-11 Trevor Linden, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Canucks, NY Islanders), born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
  • 1970-04-23 Sadao Abe, Japanese actor (Team Medical Dragon), born in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • 1971-12-18 Neil Little, Medicine Hat, NHL goalie (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • 1972-07-01 Corey Hirsch, Canadian NHL goalie (Olympic silver 1994), coach and broadcaster, born in Medicine Hat, Canada
  • 1979-11-19 Barry Jenkins, American director and writer (Medicine for Melancholy, Moonlight), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1986-11-20 Oliver "Oli" Sykes, British rock vocalist (Bring Me The Horizon - "Drown"; "Medicine"), born in Ashford, England

Breonna Taylor

1993-06-05 Breonna Taylor, African American medical technician who was shot and killed by police officers in her home, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2020)

  • 1993-06-29 Angela & Amy Lakeberg, American Siamese twins (separated on Aug 20th), born in Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois
  • 2003-07-04 Alessia di Matteo, Italian medical figure (1st person to survive the transplantion of eight organs in a single operation), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 2005)

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