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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.

Blood transfusions were first suggested in the 17th century and even attempted on animals in the same century using tubings. It took until the 20th century, when Karl Landsteiner discovered blood types, for human transfusions to be successful.

Thomas Sydenham was a British physician lauded as a founder of clinical medicine and epidemiology. A manuscript of his famous “Medical Observations” bears this date in 1669.

On this date in 1998, an unnamed Portland, Oregon woman who suffered from breast cancer for 22 years became the first known person to put Oregon’s Death With Dignity law to use.

On this date in 1882, Robert Koch announced his discovery of the bacteria responsible for tuberculosis, an infectious disease that usually attacks the lungs.

On this date in 1930, Russian physician Sergei Yudin first transfused cadaver blood into a living patient. Transfusions of blood and blood products, obtained either from a donor or a blood bank, are quite common today.

The bubonic plague, a dangerous, often fatal disease, can be spread by the bite of fleas that have been infected by rats.

German physician and astronomer Franz Paula von Gruithuisen was born on this day in 1774. Von Gruithuisen worked on a primitive form of lithotripsy to crush painful kidney stones in the bladder or urethra.

On this date in 1952, a patient in Philadelphia received the first plastic lens for use after cataract surgery. The lens was made of Plexiglas, of a kind called polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA).

On March 17, 1975, the first doctor's strike against long working hours was held against 21 voluntary and municipal hospitals in New York City. The interns and residents were seeking a reduction in work hours, not to exceed 40 hours.

Susan Hayhurst of St. Michael's, Maryland became the first woman pharmacist in the United States when she graduated on March 16, 1883, from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.

On this date in 1925, the Tennessee state legislature passed the Butler Act, which forbade the teaching of evolution in Tennessee’s public schools, preferring instead that the state’s schools teach creationism, which held that God created all living ...

On this date in 1845, Irish physician Francis Rynd published his account of how he used a hypodermic syringe to inject fluids into a patient at Dublin’s Meath Hospital. Rynd published his results in the “Dublin Medical Press.

On this date in 1918, Albert Mitchell, an Army cook at what is now Fort Riley in Kansas, fell sick with the flu. By noon that day, 107 soldiers reported the same symptoms and, two days later, 415 more had fallen ill.

Today marks the anniversary of the first fatality in the antiabortion movement, when Dr. David Gunn, 47, was shot outside an abortion clinic in Pensacola, Florida in 1993.

Thomas Lodge a British physician, lawyer and man of letters, was admitted to London’s Royal College of Physicians on this date in 1610.

(InteliHealth) -- The first known use of aspirin was by Greek physician Hippocrates, who used powder extracted from the bark of a willow tree to treat pain and reduce fever. The bark contained salicin, a component of acetylsalicylic acid, or aspirin.

On this date in 1558, Spanish physician Francisco Fernandes introduced the smoking of tobacco in Spain.

On this date in 1995, a blind teenager received a “bionic eye” at a Washington hospital. The word “bionic” refers to the use of engineered materials to stimulate, improve or replace bodily functions.

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