Science: Agreeable Surprise

In Stockholm last week the Nobel Prize award committee announced prizes in Physiology & Medicine for 1938 (deferred from last year) and for 1939. The physiologist honored for 1938 was Professor Corneille Heymans of Belgium, who showed that breathing is affected by chemical changes and pressure variations in the blood acting through nerve impulses. These discoveries have been of great value in treating respiratory disorders.

The 1939 prize was ticketed for Professor Gerhard Domagk of Germany, who first showed the efficacy of prontosil (forerunner of the miracle-drug sulfanilamide) in treating streptococcal infections. The...

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