Medicine: Classic Experiment

Sir Edward Mellanby, 54-year-old secretary of Britain's Medical Research Council, is famed for his wit, his wife Lady May (Britain's outstanding authority on tooth decay) and his work on nutrition and pneumonia. In The Lancet last week, Sir Edward discussed "The State and Medical Research," told of the "first recorded experiment in medical science by a king himself," an experiment remarkably similar in technique to work done by scientists on guinea pigs today. Said Sir Edward: "Frederick the Second. Emperor of the Romans, King of Sicily and Jerusalem, known as Stupor Mundi, the...

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