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December 14, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(24):1613. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470500041009

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Of the five awards of the Nobel prizes four are of interest to the medical profession, namely, the award to Dr. Henri Dunant, originator of the Red Cross; that to Professor Roentgen, discoverer of the x-rays; that to Van't Hoff, the chemist, and that to Behring for the discovery of antitoxin. No one will contest the merits of the first, nor of the second and third, though Roentgen's discovery was an accident and had been very nearly achieved by other scientific workers. It is a pity, however, that the award for the discovery of antitoxin had to go to one whose scientific and medical merits are marred by the unscientific and commercial spirit that led him to seek exclusive patent rights for his discoeries. Had Kitasato, his co-worker and co-discoverer, been remembered, it would have given more general satisfaction to the medical profession. Van't Hoff, it will be remembered,

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