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A history of blood transfusion: a confluence of science—in peace, in war, and in the laboratory

Kevin R. Loughlin Boston, Massachusetts   Figure 1- Blood Transfusions -WWI East Sussex. Photo from Wellcome Images.  Accessed 10/15/2019. The rudimentary lights provided only dim illumination of the operative field. The three British army surgeons worked feverishly to save the life of the young soldier, Corporal Smith, who had a significant liver injury. He had […]

Frances Oldham Kelsey: A medical profile in courage

Kevin R. Loughlin Boston, Massachusetts, United States   Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey Source Her name has disappeared into the vault of medical history and her dedication to scientific rigor and patient safety has been largely forgotten. Yet her silent but tangible legacy continues to this day. Born in Canada in 1914, Frances Oldham Kelsey received […]

GI Joe: the life and career of Dr. Joseph B. Kirsner

 James L. Franklin JBK at the front desk of the GI clinic, 1971. On September 21, 2009, Dr. Joseph B. Kirsner, University of Chicago Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, will celebrate his 100th birthday. In his centennial year, the American Gastroenterological Association Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition honored Dr. Kirsner with a […]

Viral combat: Monica fights the flu

Clare Rosean University of Chicago, Illinois, USA To anyone who has ever been sick in bed with the flu, Viral Combat: Monica Fights the Flu will offer a quirky visual account of why it is so utterly miserable to be sick. Created with the intention of educating students between grades 7–10, the story personifies viral […]