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The bizarre healing of a stomach wound allowed a little-known U.S.

Although penicillin was discovered in the late 19th century, its use wasn't accepted until the 1940s, when it was produced as the first true antibiotic.

Until the 1940s, many biologists thought of the cell as simply a “bag of enzymes.

Italian physician Cesare Lombroso gained notoriety in the 19th century for his studies relating to criminology. Lombroso, who was born on Nov.

The field of dental hygiene can be attributed to the foresight of one man: Alfred Civilion Fones. In the early 1900s, when Fones was a practicing dentist in Bridgeport, Conn.

Samuel Pepys, who is said to have written the greatest diary in the English language, recorded many details of his life in 17th century London, including the great fire of 1666. That same year, he also wrote about the first blood transfusion.

While searching for a blood factor thought to be responsible for promoting blood clotting, Edward Adelbert Doisy discovered the chemical nature of vitamin K.

Informing the public on issues of health was the goal when the Cleveland Health Museum opened on this date in 1940, under the direction of Bruno Gebhard, M.D.

Ephraim McDowell received a somewhat unorthodox medical education: He was taught by a private physician in Virginia before attending the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 1793.

Dr. Rudolf Matas, professor of surgery at the University of Louisiana (now Tulane University) from 1895 to 1927, was a pioneer in the surgery of the blood vessels, chest and abdomen and was hailed by some as the “father of vascular surgery.

Ask any grade school student to name a famous woman scientist and the name that's sure to pop up is Marie Curie. Marie Sklodowska Curie was born on this date in Warsaw, Poland, in 1867.

Basketball takes its roots from a couple of peach baskets and a Canadian physician and physical education teacher, Dr. James A.

Lev Semyonovich Vygotsky died of tuberculosis when he was only 37, yet he was already a widely known Russian psychologist. His theories, especially those on language development in childhood, would later influence education in Russia.

Let's all smile brightly to commemorate the birth of dentist John Allen, who was born on this date in 1810. In 1845, Dr.

Dr. George Miller Sternberg began his distinguished career as an assistant surgeon in the Union army and was even captured during the Civil War.

Although Dr. William Morton is usually associated with the use of ether, it is generally acknowledged that Dr.

Anyone who has taken a science class is familiar with the work of John Dalton. The British chemist and physicist developed the theory that all elements are composed of atoms that are identical in size and weight.

On this day in 1948, an asphyxiating cloud of smog enveloped Donora, Pa., a Monongahela River town of 14,000 people and the location of the Donora Zinc Works and the American Steel and Wire Co.

On this date in 1988, Chinese scientists announced that they had discovered an herbal male contraceptive.

Jonas Salk, born on this date in 1914, is renowned for creating the first successful polio vaccine. In 1963, the March of Dimes helped subsidize the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif.

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