George Minot, American physician & anaemia pioneer

George Minot, American physician & anaemia pioneer

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Caption: George Minot. Portrait of George Richards Minot (1885-1950), American physician & anaemia pioneer, with his daughters. Minot and his assistant, William Murphy, continued the work of George Whipple. They fed raw liver to people suffering from pernicious anaemia, a condition in which the bone marrow is unable to create enough red blood cells. Minot's patients quickly recovered from what had previously been a fatal disease. For this work Minot, Murphy and Whipple were awarded the 1934 Nobel Prize for physiology. The active agent in the liver was found in 1948 to be vitamin B12 (cyanobalamine). Minot, a diabetic, was one of the earliest patients to receive insulin treatment.

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