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On this date in 1935, the nation's first sanatorium for drug addicts received its first patients. The United States Narcotics Farm was located on 11 acres in Lexington, Kentucky.

Biologist Stanley Prusiner performed groundbreaking research on a new class of germ that slowly attacks the brain.

The first hospital in the United States was built in the City of Brotherly Love, before the American Revolution. A young doctor named Thomas Bond believed that Philadelphia needed a hospital for the poor.

Dr. Joseph Kerwin made the longest journey to see a patient when he became the first doctor to practice in space.

The British navy’s directive to sailors in 1795 that they eat citrus fruit daily was largely a result of a study by James Lind. Lind, who is referred to as the “father of naval surgery,” was the first to relate a disease to a dietary deficiency.

Alfred Day Hershey, a Michigan-born leading pioneer in DNA research shared the 1969 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine with Max Delbrück and Salvador Luria for “their contributions involving the replication and the genetic structure of viruses.

Upon being named Surgeon General of the Army, William Hammond ordered that proper records be kept of the sick, wounded and deceased -- and introduced a system to classify diseases.

Rose Hawthorne Lathrop began her adult life following in the footsteps of her famous literary father, Nathaniel Hawthorne. But for Lathrop, who was born on this date in 1851, philanthropy became her life’s work.

On this date in 1822, the first naval medical school was opened at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. In an era when many ships were decimated by highly contagious diseases for which medical officers had no cure, Dr.

As a doctor and a tuberculosis victim, Edward Livingston Trudeau did a great deal for tuberculosis patients in the late 19th century.

In the first half of the 19th century, a rise in alcohol use sparked the advent of numerous temperance societies. For many years, these groups preached that alcoholism was caused by moral failure.

We all need B vitamins. Vitamin B is a complex of at least eight separate water-soluble vitamins including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and folic acid.

George Papanicolaou, a physician and researcher born on this date in 1883 in Greece, developed and gave his name to what is known as the Pap test.

One of history’s most famous nurses was born on this date in 1820. The name Florence Nightingale is synonymous with selfless works.

On this date in 1858, the U.S.

On this date in 1848, a resolution was approved that allocated funds for the first school for the mentally retarded. The Massachusetts School for the Idiotic and Feeble-Minded Youth admitted its first students in October.

Juliet Ann Opie Hopkins was born on this date in 1818. Little is known of her early life, but she was widowed young and moved to Alabama with her second husband.

Dr. Sigmund Freud, the most famous name in the field of psychoanalysis, was born on this date in 1856 in Freiberg, Moravia (now the Czech Republic).

The first vaccination legislation for American Indians was passed on this date in 1832, more than 19 years after the first national vaccination legislation had been passed.

On this date in 1855, the world’s first women’s hospital, the Woman’s Hospital of New York City, was opened.

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