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September 21, 1957


JAMA. 1957;165(3):255. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980210051013

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The American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics commemorated the centennial of the distinguished scientist John Jacob Abel on September 5, 1957, in special ceremonies at the Johns Hopkins medical institutions in Baltimore. His career tells a story of how scientific medicine develops and in principle is not unlike the history of other outstanding figures in medicine. Such men are a source of inspiration for those who may wonder if the long road in medicine and research is worth following.

Dr. Abel, who was born near Cleveland on May 19, 1857, received his Ph.B. degree from the University of Michigan in 1883, his college education being interrupted for a three-year period when he was principal of the high school and later superintendent of the public schools at La Porte, Ind. After graduation, he spent a year in the department of biology at Johns Hopkins University, after which he went abroad

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