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September 11, 2002

Nobel PrizeAmerica's First Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology: The Story of Guthrie and Carrel

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Hugh E. Stephenson, Jr, and Robert S. Kimpton, 184 pp, with illus, $95 (set includes The Evolution of Modern Vascular Surgery: The Historical Perspective of the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society 1977-2001, with slipcase), Troy, Mich, Midwestern Vascular Surgery Society, 2000 (c/o John R. Pfeifer, MD, Institute for Vein Disease, Suite 410, 3920 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084; pfeiferjj@bigplanet.com).

JAMA. 2002;288(10):1292-1293. doi:10.1001/jama.288.10.1292

In America's First Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology, 66 letters and cards that Charles Guthrie and Alexis Carrel wrote each other are "presented here, in sequence for the first time" with the intent of composing "a history that had never before been recreated from these scattered documents." The authors' central thesis is that the Nobel Committee erred when it singled out Carrel for the Nobel Prize in 1912. They conclude by asking, "With the evidence gathered here, couldn't a duplicate Prize be awarded posthumously for the work of Charles Claude Guthrie?"

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