Striving for Sanity in a Nuclear Age

  • © Moira Dolan, MD

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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A Vida Sexual

  • © Moira Dolan, MD

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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Nobel Blunders, Part 1

  • © Moira Dolan, MD

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

  • © Moira Dolan, MD

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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