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November 4, 1939

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JAMA. 1939;113(19):1738. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800440042016

NOBEL PRIZE TO PROFESSOR DOMAGK  The Nobel Prize for Medicine was recently awarded to Prof. Gerhard Domagk, whose name is indelibly associated with the drug sulfanilamide and its derivatives. Domagk was born in Lagow, Germany, in 1895. His principal early work was in the field of pathology. After teaching at Greifswald and Muenster universities he became director in 1927 of the Institute of Experimental Pathology of the I. G. Dye Works in Elberfeld. Late in 1932 he first demonstrated the curative effects of prontosil (now neoprontosil) in the streptococcic infections of mice. After many careful observations, the details of the new discovery were finally published by Domagk in medical and scientific journals early in 1935. He had earlier received the Emil Fischer Medal, highest award of the German Chemical Society, in 1937 and the Cameron Prize of the University of Edinburgh in 1939.

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