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I prepared the following list for a discussion group I led when I taught medical students at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine/UP Campus in 1992. I came across it in Feb 2001 while searching some old archives.
The list served as a framework for readings from various textbooks and journal articles
written over the previous century 100 years. Much of the list is drawn from the text:
Timetables of History. This isn't always the most reliable source of historical data, but
it is fun. (I didn't bother putting
WWI&II on there -- no need to belabor the obvious.)
Pasteur: strep, staph, pneumococcus
Koch: tubercle bacillus
diabetes produced by pancreatectomy
many more germs/bacilli
Osler 'Principles and Practice of Medicine' 1st ed. 1892
discovery of the plague bacillus.
Rontgen and x-rays
isolation of adrenalin.
Panama Canal Zone free of Yellow Fever.
Typhoid Mary imprisoned.
Teddy Roosevelt bars Japanese from immigrating to US
Model T produced.
Salvarsan (Ehrlich): the magic bullet for syphilis
Ehrlich introduces antiseptic Acriflavine
Thyroxin isolated for rx hypothyroidism.
First successful heart surgery on a dog.
Tetanus epidemic in trenches.
Sympathectomy for relief of angina pectoris.
Margaret Sanger's first birth control clinic.
US senate rejects Wilson's suffrage bill.
Malaria used to treat syphilis.
22 million die of influenza pandemic.
Black Sox scandle.
Death of Sir William Osler
Morgan, A Physical Basis of Heredity.
Babe Ruth traded to Yankees.
Terrorist bombing kills 35 wounds 130 on Wall St.
BCG vaccine for tb developed
chromosome theory of heredity
treatment for sleeping sickness
Ku Klux Klan dominates southern US
900 million dollar surplus in US govt budget
Insulin given to diabetic patients
white blood cells discovered
more limitations on Japanese immigration to the US
state of Tenessee forbids sex education in schools.
iron lung developed
Boas: Fascist theory of "Master Race"
Fleming: penicillin discovered (not used for 20 years)
Veronoff: "Conquest of Life" immortality by transplant
various vitamins, enzymes, and hormones discovered.
stock market crashes
Japan dominates world markets by cutting prices.
Lindbergh baby kidnapped.
Neanderthal no ancestor of ours (or is she?)
more vitamins, hormones, and enzymes
liver therapy for anemia
Prontosil (sulfa) for strep infections (1935)
insulin used to control diabetes (11 years later ...)
Amelia Earhart lost at sea (pieces of plane recently found)
Rh factor discovered.
penicillin is practical antibiotic (Florey, 13 years later ...)
Flying Saucers popular
heart lung machines
contraceptive pill: phosphorated hesperidin?
lung cancer linked to cigarette smoking
Salk vaccinates children against Polio in Pittsburgh
Michigan State defeats UCLA in Rose Bowl 1954
liver therapy for pernicious anemia (Dorothy Hodgkin)
Fleming and Einstein die
Bell Telephone working on visual telephone
oral polio vaccine (Sabin)
more antibiotics, hormones
Kerouac: 'On The Road', the Beats
smoking linked to heart disease
Thalidomide (not US)
Watson & Crick: DNA
DeBakey uses bypass for valve replacement
first heart transplant
crashing B-52 loses a hydrogen bomb in Mediterranean
Apollo 11 on moon July 21, 1969
GM recalls 5 million cars
nuclear powered pacemakers
National Academy of Science warns freon may damage ozone layer
Herpes Encephalitis treated medically -- 1st viral therapy.