Dr. Harvey Cushing

Ever wondered who Cushing’s syndrome is named after? Read the story of Dr Harvey Cushing, the father of modern neurological surgery.  He comes from a long generation of general practitioners and has revolutionised the approach towards neurosurgery. Timeline: 1869-1939 Background: Dr Cushing’s father, grandfather, and great grandfather before him were all general practitioners. He was […]

Hippocrates: The Father of Medicine

We’ve all heard about the Hippocratic Oath. But how much do you know about the person it was named after? Do you know about the contributions he made to the field of medicine? Let’s get an insight into the life of Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine. Timeline: 460–377 BC Place of study: Hippocrates was trained […]

Dr. Edward Jenner: Father of Immunology

We’ve all been reading tons of information about vaccines of late. Be it on news channels or our social media feeds. But have you ever wondered where it all started? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. This is the story of Dr. Edward Jenner who pioneered the concept of vaccines and is known as the […]

Sir William Osler: Father of Modern Medicine

Sir William Osler is considered to be one of the most influential and beloved physicians of all time. His quirky sense of humour, powerful speeches, and a revolutionising approach towards medical education has rightly earned him the title: Father of Modern Medicine. Timeline: 1849 to 1918 Place of study: Trinity College, Toronto Toronto Medical School […]

Women in Medicine: International Women’s Day

It is astonishing to see how far along women have come in all prospects of life. From suppression to feminism, our society has grown and evolved marvellously. This prolific metamorphosis can be attributed to the powerful women who persevered to make a change. This International Women’s Day, let us read about some remarkable women in […]

Dr. Mary Corinna Putnam Jacobi

Timeline: August 31, 1842 – June 10, 1906 Place of study: Female Medical College of Pennsylvania École de Médecine of the University of Paris Contributions to the field of medicine:  Dr. Jacobi wrote her famous essay ‘The Question of Rest for Women during Menstruation’ in response to a book that claimed physical exertion in menstruating […]

Dr. V. Craig Jordan

Born: New Braunfels, Texas, USA Place of study: University of Leeds, England Contribution to breast cancer research: Dr. Jordan’s PhD program involved studying anti-estrogens. He studied the effects of tamoxifen and other selective estrogen receptor modulators and their effects on bone density. Tamoxifen has since then revolutionized the treatment of breast cancer. His research demonstrated […]

Dr. Elwood V. Jensen

Timeline:  January 13, 1920 – December 16, 2012 Place of study:  Wittenberg University, Ohio University of Chicago, Chicago Contribution to breast cancer research:  Dr. Jensen studied steroid hormones and isolated estrogen receptors, discovering their importance in breast cancer. His research demonstrated that nearly 75% of all breast cancers express ERα, and that women showing significant […]