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May 15, 1967


JAMA. 1967;200(7):639-640. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120200117032

George Richards Minot, associated with Boston culture and Boston medicine for a lifetime, brought the Nobel Prize in Medicine to Harvard for his clinical studies, pursued in collaboration with W.P. Murphy; these studies showed that the feeding of whole liver could effect the regeneration of red blood cells and produce a marked clinical improvement in patients suffering from pernicious anemia.

George Minot was born on Marlborough Street in Boston; his father was a visiting physician to the Massachusetts General Hospital.1 He was a delicate child, went to private schools in Boston's Back Bay, and, up to his college days, displayed no evidence of scholastic excellency. He was fond of collecting butterflies, loved sailing, and enjoyed many of the amenities of Nature. In his late teens his health as well as school record improved, and he graduated from Harvard College AB cum laude. His future course remained uncertain until shortly