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December 15, 1945

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JAMA. 1945;129(16):1098-1099. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860500030013

DR. GEORGE R. MINOT RECEIVES THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL  To the list of eminent physicians on whom the Distinguished Service Medal of the American Medical Association has been conferred, the House of Delegates at its meeting in 1945 added the name of George Richards Minot. His contribution to our knowledge of the causes and methods of control of pernicious anemia has been recognized throughout the world. The blood is unquestionably the most important of all the tissues of the body. Once every person who developed pernicious anemia died of that disease. Today, by the discovery made by George R. Minot and his associates, those with pernicious anemia are given years of life in which they live to all intents and purposes as normal human beings. This great discovery opened a new pathway into the field of research on blood, along which