Medicine: Life Savers

The Lasker Awards in public health were set up only last year by former Chicago Adman Albert D. Lasker and his wife Mary. Already they are regarded as a top honor in U.S. medicine. Awarded annually by the American Public Health Association, the prizes are intended to stimulate efforts for mass lifesaving. They are given to medical scientists or administrators who have contributed most toward fighting the major fatal diseases. Individual winners get $1,000 and a gold statuette of the Winged Victory—a kind of medical Oscar.

The 1947 winners, announced last week: Dr. Thomas...

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