Dr. Ron’s Research Review – June 6, 2018

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This week’s research review focuses on a Nobel Prize motion picture by William P. Murphy

On December 10, 1934, the Caroline Institute awarded that year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to 3 American investigators: George R. Minot and William P. Murphy of the Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA) and George H. Whipple of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (Rochester, NY), “in recognition of their discoveries respecting liver therapy in anemia.” On December 12, 1934, Murphy delivered the Nobel Lecture and in the concluding paragraph stated, “Rather than enlarge further upon the details and results of the treatment of pernicious anemia, I shall now present, with your permission, a motion picture which will illustrate many points more clearly than I could discuss them here.” (Kumar et al., 2006)
Reflection upon the matter must as a matter of course lead to the conclusion, that it was not probable that the presence of a supposed poisonous substance could be the cause of the disease, it being seemingly due rather to the absence of a substance that was requisite for a satisfactory production of red blood corpuscles, a substance that must be present in liver, seeing that the patient's condition became normal when liver was supplied as a food.

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Liver therapy in anemia: a motion picture by William P. Murphy
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On December 10, 1934, the Caroline Institute awarded that year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to 3 American investigators: George R. Minot and William P. Murphy of the Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA) and George H. Whipple of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (Rochester, NY),“in recognition of their discoveries respecting liver therapy in anaemias.” On December 12, 1934, Murphy delivered the Nobel Lecture and in the concluding paragraph stated,“Rather than enlarge further upon the …

 

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Kumar, N, et al. (2006), ‘Liver therapy in anemia: a motion picture by William P. Murphy’, Am Soc Hematology, 107 4970. PubMed: