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Physician and naturalist Sir Hans Sloane was born on this date in 1660, in Ireland. In 1687, he was sent to Jamaica to become family physician to the newly appointed colonial governor.

On this date in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died at 7:22 AM at the Petersen's boarding house in Washington, DC.

On this date in 1813, the Religious Society of Friends founded the first private psychiatric hospital, known as The Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason.

On this date in 1863, the first orthopedic hospital was incorporated. Now known as the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, the Hospital for Ruptured and Crippled opened on May 1 under the direction of Dr.

On this date in 1786, Bishop William White established the first dispensary to distribute free medicine to the poor.

On April 10, 1944, Dr. Robert Burns Woodward and Dr.

The first homeopathic medical society, the Hahnemann Society, was organized on this date in 1833, in Philadelphia. This society was named after Samuel Hahnemann, who is credited with founding the practice of homeopathy in the mid-18th century.

William Prout, an English physician and chemist who contributed several important discoveries to medicine and chemistry, died on this date in 1850.

On this date in 1992, tennis great Arthur Ashe announced that he had AIDS. Ten months later, at the age of 49, Ashe died of AIDS-related pneumonia.

On this date in 1948, the constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO), under the auspices of the United Nations, was ratified. The constitution had been drafted in New York City in 1946 during the International Health Conference.

Belgian immunologist Jules Bordet was awarded the 1919 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his "discoveries relating to immunity.

On this date in 1909, the Neurological Institute of New York opened under the supervision of Alexander H. Candlish.

On this date in 1969, noted physician Michael E. DeBakey implanted the world’s first completely artificial heart in a patient at Houston’s Baylor University.

Well-known French humorist and satirist Francois Rabelais was a physician. On this date in 1537, he earned his licentiate of medicine at the University of Montpellier in France, enabling him to practice and teach medicine.

Despite medical milestones in the early 1900s, including Karl Landsteiner’s discovery of blood types that enabled surgeons to perform safe blood transfusions, patients still suffered from reactions to contaminants.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu is best remembered for the letters she wrote from Istanbul when her husband, Edward Wortley Montagu, became British ambassador to Turkey.

Hans Fischer won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1930 primarily for his work regarding the composition of hemin, the non-protein component of hemoglobin that gives blood its red color; his investigation of chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants; ...

On this day in 1981, former President Ronald W. Reagan was shot outside a Washington, D.

Atlanta chemist John Pemberton developed several patented medicines in the late 19th century, including Triplex Liver Pills and Globe of Flower Cough Syrup.

Sir Archibald Edward Garrod was one of the first people to research inherited metabolic disorders.

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