Medicine: The Winners

Argentina's shy, black-eyed Dr. Bernardo Alberto Houssay is often referred to as "the world's greatest living physiologist" (TIME, May 5). Medical researchers are also enthusiastic about a gifted pair of biochemists at St. Louis' Washington University: shy Dr. Carl Ferdinand Cori and his redhaired, vivacious wife Gerty. Few scientists were surprised last week when Stockholm announced that Houssay and Cori & Cori had been jointly awarded the 1947 Nobel Prize in medicine.

Dr. Houssay's award set a precedent: no South American scientist had ever been en-Nobeled before. To the independent, 60-year-old Argentine, who...

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