Nobel Blog by Moira Dolan, MD

War, Diphtheria, and the First Nobel Prize in Medicine

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War and political events significantly affected many of the first half-century winners, and the Nobel Prize itself was a product of war—the money was initially generated from munitions manufacture and inventions toward more lethal warfare. So did w...

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Upcoming Boneheads & Brainiacs Media Events

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Hear From The Author of Boneheads & Brainiacs! When: 9 p.m–12 a.m. Pacific Time, Wednesday, February 5, 2020 Where: Midnight in the Desert Radio — listen live online or listen by radio in Pahrump Nevada on KNYE 95.1 FM. Visit the M...

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Striving for Sanity in a Nuclear Age

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Alfred Nobel, the founder of the Nobel Prize, was also the inventor of dynamite, and at the time of his death he held over 300 patents contributing to more lethal ways to wage war. He is reported to have wanted to invent “a substance or a machin...

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Oxygen Wins 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine, Again

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This month, the 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine — known as the Prize in Physiology or Medicine — was announced. Three researchers are sharing the honor: William Kaelin Jr., Sir Peter Ratcliffe and Gregg Semenza, for their discoveries of how cells se...

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A Vida Sexual

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The Portuguese neurologist Egaz Moniz gained notoriety several decades before collecting his Nobel Prize. He wrote his academic thesis on the detailed physical aspects of sexuality, including descriptions of what he considered to be “pathologic” ...

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Prose, Poetry, and Philosophy by Nobel Laureates

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Some Nobel Laureates in medicine were also authors in fields beyond the sciences. Watch for blog posts on the details of some of these works. Alfred Nobel, creator of the Nobel Prize: Nemesis (1896) (Les Belles Lettres edition, 2008) The...

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Nobel Blunders, Part 1

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Some Nobel winning researchers made serious scientific blunders. The very first winner, Emil von Behring, was recognized for his brilliant research on diphtheria,  but he also promoted the erroneous idea that human tuberculosis (TB) came from cow's ...

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Nobel Blunders, Part 2

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The Nobel Committee does not make any claims to fairness, but they do forward a sense of righteousness and have a history of sticking by their decisions despite the existence or later emergence of conflicting evidence. In the first fifty years of ...

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