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Although polio vaccines were developed by Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin, it was John Enders who pioneered research on the cultivation of polio and other viruses.

More than a half-century ago, a then little-known pharmaceutical company named Chas. Pfizer & Co.

Long ago, picks and enamel scissors were the dentist’s implements of choice to remove decayed tooth tissue. Then dentists began using two-edged cutting tools twirled between the fingers.

Until 1890, black doctors had no place to admit their patients. That all changed when an African-American surgeon named Daniel Hale Williams helped organize Provident Hospital on Chicago’s south side.

On Jan. 23, 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell met her goal of committing "heresy with intelligence" by becoming the first woman in the United States to receive a medical degree.

The first medical pamphlet published in the United States was written by a Boston minister/doctor to address the smallpox epidemic that ravaged the New World in the 17th century. The Rev.

President Lyndon Johnson presented the first Medicare card to former President Harry S. Truman on this date in 1966.

Although William Williams Keen created a number of innovative surgical techniques in the 19th century, he is probably better known as the surgeon who took part in the secret operation on President Grover Cleveland in 1893.

A barrier of sorts was broken a little over a decade ago when station KRON in San Francisco became the first major television station to lift the ban on advertising condoms. On Jan.

The Georgia Infirmary, the first hospital established for blacks, was chartered on Christmas Eve, 1832, in Savannah. A few weeks later, on Jan.

Jesse Bennett performed the first successful Cesarean section on American soil on this day in 1794. The patient, Bennett's wife, and her infant daughter survived.

In 1978, a new California law gave pregnant working women unpaid maternity leave of up to 4 months and a promise that they could return to their old jobs or similar ones when their leave ended.

On this date in 1861, the French physician Prosper Ménière published his first report about a malady of the inner ear that eventually became known as Ménière’s disease.

The first time that a physician treated a patient with penicillin occurred on this date in 1929.

A dirty and naked young boy covered with scabs and bruises crept out of the forest near a small town in Southern France on this date in 1800.

On this date in 1949, two doctors saw something new. Daniel C.

Norman E. Shumway performed the world’s third human heart transplant, and the first on U.

Physiologist Joseph Erlanger's research on the nervous tissue of frogs led to an increased knowledge of the nature of nerve impulses. This and other experiments would lead to his winning a Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 1944.

After the first human heart transplant in late 1967 by South African cardiac surgeon Dr. Christiaan Barnard, 1968 saw a flurry of such operations at several medical centers around the world.

Ernest Jones, who was born on Jan. 1, 1879, was an early supporter of Sigmund Freud and a key figure in the psychoanalytic movement.

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