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Gerty Cori

Timeline:  August 15, 1896 – October 26, 1957 Place of study:  University College, London, United Kingdom Karl-Ferdinands-Universität, Prague  State Institute for the Study of Malignant Diseases, New York. Famous for:  Investigating carbohydrate metabolism.   Discovery of the mechanism by which glycogen is broken down in muscle tissue into lactic acid and then resynthesized in the […]

Viruses 101: We Bet You Didn’t Know These Viral Facts

Viruses are practically invisible to the naked eye, but a type of it has the population of nearly 7 billion sitting quietly in their homes, social-distancing from each other. A large portion of the world today is in lock down, thanks to a very, very, very tiny thing called the coronavirus. While it’s easy to […]

Tuberculosis through the years..

Ever wondered why March 24 is celebrated as World TB Day? That’s because on this very day back in 1882, German microbiologist Dr. Robert Koch announced the discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes tuberculosis (TB). At that time, one in every seven people living in the USA and Europe were dying due to […]

Joseph Lister

Timeline:  5 April 1827 – 10 February 1912 Place of study:  University College, London, United Kingdom Famous for:  Joseph Lister’s contributions paved the way for safer medical procedures.  His introduction of the antiseptic process dramatically decreased deaths from childbirth and surgery and changed the way the medical industry looked at sanitation and proper hygiene.  Awards:  […]

Karl Landsteiner

Timeline: 14 June 1868 – 26 June 1943 Place of study:  University of Vienna, Austria Famous for:  Karl Landsteiner revolutionized medicine when, in 1900-1901, he identified three major human blood types: A, B, and O, which led to safe blood transfusions and millions of lives being saved.  Later in his career, Landsteiner and his colleagues […]

Don’t You Know That I’m Rare?

World Rare Disease Day is celebrated on the last day of February. It was started in 2008 to raise awareness and improve access to treatment and medical representation for individuals with rare diseases and their families. Rare diseases are not as rare as we think and affect many individuals. Rare diseases are a difficult territory […]

Off the Shelf: 7 Books Doctors Should Read

Reading might not be an obvious hobby choice within doctors. After all, you’ve read more than enough books while still in medical college! But, learning is a life-long process and often, textbooks are not sufficient. We present to you a list of books that are a must-read for members of your profession (and which are […]

Love: The Intoxicating Cocktail of Chemicals

Love is a complicated emotion; not just in practice, but also in theory. When you are in “love”, your body and mind are subjected to different chemicals and stimuli, all of which mix and match to give you a different individual experience. While the outcome is surely unique for every single person, there is little […]

UPENDRANATH BRAHMACHARI

Timeline:  19 December 1873 – 6 February 1946 Place of study:  University of Calcutta, India Famous for:  Synthesis of Urea Stibamine for the treatment of Kala Azar.  His discovery led to the saving of thousands of lives in India, especially in Assam.  His achievement was a milestone in the successful application of science in medical […]