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In an episode of Peanuts, the comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, Charlie Brown reads from a newspaper to little Linus that "one hundred and thirty-seven years ago today the first steamship crossed the Atlantic. That was in 1819!" Linus' response is, "1819? Were there people then?!"
All but the oldest of practitioners might look back to that time when the black bag lacked even sulfonamides and the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus was a sentence of early death and ask, "How could doctors practice medicine in those days?" As remote as that time might seem to the youngest of us,
Nobel Lectures. Physiology or Medicine 1922-1941.. Ann Intern Med. ;63:1170–1171. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-63-6-1170_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1965;63(6):1170-1171.
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