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"Using sumptuous illustrations and clear, matter-of-fact descriptions, Dr. Gray unleashed a classic on the world more than 100 years ago," noted a review of one of the most recognized medical books of all time: "Gray's Anatomy.

On this date in 1911, the British orthopedic surgeon who invented the modern artificial hip, was born. Following duty as a battlefield surgeon in World War II, Sir John Charnley, M.

Two brothers who grew up in Pennsylvania's Amish country played an active role in medicine in the 19th century.

In Boston on this date in 1918, the first case of the deadly Spanish influenza occurred. The disease spread around the world after World War I and killed one percent of the world population, which represented more casualties than the war itself.

Alchemy, the medieval theory that base metals could be chemically changed into gold, was widely accepted until Antoine Laurent Lavoisier disproved the theory in the 18th century.

One of a small number of surgeons to win the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was born on this date in 1841. Emil Theodor Kocher, M.

Initial rumors about sweating sickness, or “sudor Angelicus,” occurred on this date in 1485, in England. Sweating sickness was marked by high fever, delirium and high mortality.

Today is the birthday of the first physician to describe Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Edward Ernest Maxey, an ear, nose and throat specialist, was born on this date in 1867.

On this date in 1913, Nobel Prize winner Roger Sperry was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He won a Nobel Prize in 1981 in physiology or medicine, for his more than four decades-long study of the human brain.

British physician Thomas Lodge dated a dedication to his “Treatise of the Plague” on this day in 1603.

A failed high blood pressure medication ended up being a top-selling over-the-counter treatment for male pattern baldness.

Next time you find yourself staring at the ceiling of your dentist's office think of M. Waldo Hanchett of Syracuse, N.

King's College Medical School in New York, the first American medical school to award graduates the M.D.

Erasmus Bartholin is best known for his discovery in the 17th century of the optical phenomenon of double refraction. But the Dutch physicist, mathematician and physician, made contributions to medicine as well.

On this date in 1865, Lord Joseph Lister, M.D.

On this date in 1936 American aviator Charles A. Lindbergh and Alexis Carrel, M.

On this date in 1797, "The Medical Repository" became the first medical magazine and the first scientific periodical published in the United States.

On this date in 1944, the U.S.

Today marks the birth of Sir Alexander Fleming, M.D.

On this date in 1968, the landmark “A Definition of Irreversible Coma: Report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Harvard Medical School to Examine the Definition of Brain Death” appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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